James Johnsonâ€™s primary interest lies in creating illusions. He makes objects, imagery, and participatory situations that are meant to be visually alluring but also somewhat confounding or perplexing to the people who encounter them. The work usually has two parts: a faÃ§ade and a back-end. The back-end contains the materials and equipment that create the illusion as seen by the viewer while standing in front of the faÃ§ade. Occasionally the back-end is left open for the viewer to explore.