CANDYSTATIONS : VISUAL PERFORMANCE DESIGN
VISUAL PERFORMANCE DESIGN BY DEBORAH JOHNSON

ABOUT

Deborah Johnson aka CandyStations

 

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato

Hello! Thanks for coming out. My name is Deborah Johnson, aka CandyStations. I am an interdisciplinary artist and designer, specializing in stage design and performance visuals. I’ve worked with musicians including Sufjan Stevens, Ray LaMontagne, M83, MØ, St. Vincent, Beth Orton, Bang On A Can, Lambchop and Wilco, with performances at Coachella, Disney Concert Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Museum of Modern Art, MASS MoCA, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Fillmore, The Ryman, and Wiener Konzerthaus. 

I’ve created site-specific installations for events at SXSW, 92Y Tribeca, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Chicago’s Millennium Park and the Baltimore Museum of Art, and completed residencies at MASS MoCA, The Experimental Television Center and The Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Working as CandyStations, I celebrate the collaborative nature of live-performance, accessing a diverse network of like-minded fabricators, lighting designers, artists, and programmers to create transcendent, responsive experiences by merging digital and handmade processes. There’s everything from lines of code to piles of charcoal in this studio — if it works, use it. There are no rules.

 
 
 

UPCOMING / ONGOING: 

My Brightest Diamond, A Million Pearls (Visuals)
Bang On A Can, Road Trip (Scenic and Projection Design)
Planetarium, Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and James McAlister (Live Visuals)

2018

Stone Barns Gala (Creative Direction and Content Design with Josh Higgason)
My Brightest Diamond, A Million Pearls (Visuals)
MØ, When I Was Young (Scenic and Video Design)

2017

Bang On A Can, Road Trip (Scenic and Projection Design)
Planetarium, Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and James McAlister (Live Visuals)
San Fermin, Belong (Set Design)
Beth Ditto, Fake Sugar club tour and ECHOS (Set Design)

2016

RedBull Music, Charlotte Day Wilson and River Tiber (Live Visuals)
Ray LaMontagne, Ouroboros (Stage and Video Design)
Beth Orton, Kidsticks (Visuals)
M83, Coachella Main Stage (Live Visuals)
M83, Junk (Visuals)
Sufjan Stevens, Summer Festival (Visuals)
Eighth Blackbird, Hand/Eye (Live Visuals and Set Design)

2015

Interstellar Rodeo Festival (Backdrop, Banner and Sculpture Design)
Sufjan Stevens, Carrie and Lowell (Select Visuals)
Whitehorse, Leave No Bridge Unburned (Set Design)
TUMBLR IRL @ SXSW (Scenic Design and Live Visual)

2014

Com Truise, SPIN + Microsoft Connect Sessions at Verboten (Live Visuals)
Lucius, Wildewoman at Terminal 5 (Show Design)
Ray LaMontagne, Supernova (Set Design and Visuals)

2013

ETHEL, Documerica (Projection Design)
Planetarium, Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and James McAlister (Stage and Projection Design)

2012

M. Ward, A Wasteland Companion (Set and Projection Design)
St. Vincent, Strange Mercy (Lighting Design)

2010-2011

Sufjan Stevens, The Age of Adz (Live Visuals)

2009

HERE [ THE STORY SLEEPS ], Braden King and Pomegranate Arts (Projection Design)

2007

Sufjan Stevens, The BQE (Projection Design and Live Visuals)

2006

Lambchop, Damaged (Stage Design and Live Visuals)
Calexico with Iron & Wine, In the Reigns (Live Visuals)

2005

Wilco, a ghost is born (Live Visuals)