Jeff Johnson is a visual artist living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has work in the permanent collection of Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Minnesota Historical Society, and has had his work shown at the Walker Art Center. This work is a series of photographs and sculptures that explore the ideas that surround manhood. This website is a simple expression of this artwork and a documentary space for the art opening. This is work by Replace founder, Jeff Johnson. This project goes all the way back to 1989. His drawing in structor at the time, Carl Oltvedt assigned his class a drawing project. “Study your Cultural History”. In response to the assignment, Jeff oddly sketched a Thermos. 27 years later, that first sketch finally matured into a show. When everything else is cold and frigid – a thermos brings the heat. When everything is unbearably hot, a thermos provides a cool hand. These are legacy traits we assign to men. We expected these traits of men. We expected stoic silence, and we assign these prejudices at our peril. Soft, vulnerable, formless material on the inside – formed by some kind of protective, unforgiving armor. There are always two conversations going on with men. One conversation is the story we were told about manhood. The other is the conversation we are speaking now.