Since the early 1970s, Martin Johnson has transformed words and materials into masses of unexpected visual, linguistic, and conceptual art forms using unconventional techniques and nontraditional materials. Johnson removes found objects and words from their original contexts, thereby dislocating them in time and giving them new resonance as manipulated, juxtaposed, and often replicated subjects that convey his ideas and allows the viewer to develop his or her own. Stylistically linked to "Outsider Art," Johnson defies categorization. Self-described as an "untrained educated artist," Johnson presents a unique hybrid of Conceptualism and Art Brut in the paintings, drawings, sculptures, collages, installations, and low-relief constructions that comprise his enormous oeurve.

In the words of Donad Kuspit, "Johnson is a true American Original."