Beyond the Frame

Beyond the Frame was inspired by Seward Johnson’s love of nature and his admiration for the French Impressionists and Post Impressionists. Johnson took some of his favorite paintings, then transformed them into immersive three-dimensional experiences. He chose works by Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh, and Gustave Caillebotte, then situated these reimagined works in the natural landscape. He incorporated the paintings’ trees, streams, and flowers, in a playful way, blending them with the natural environment. Johnson wanted his viewers to experience the power of art within nature. Johnson envisioned these works as immersive, three-dimensional experiences that invite the viewer to step inside of the painting, hence Beyond the Frame.