August 7th, 2015

Larry Johnson at Raven Row

5 LJ Untitled (Location I) 2001

Artist: Larry Johnson

Venue: Raven Row, London

Exhibition Title: On Location

Curated by: Bruce Hainley and Antony Hudek

Date: June 11 – August 9, 2015

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6 LJ Untitled (Meters) 2007

Larry Johnson On Location Installation

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


Images courtesy of Raven Row, London. Photos by Marcus J. Leith.

Press Release:

Larry Johnson’s first institutional exhibition in Europe, On Location brings together a selection of works by the artist (born 1959 in Lakewood, California) from the early 1990s to the present.

The show’s uncontested star is Los Angeles, the city in which Johnson has lived and worked all his life. For over thirty years, L.A.’s physical and imaginary appearance has served as the set for the artist’s photo-based investigations of the glamour industry, replete with fading stars and premature deaths.

Johnson’s work bears the marks of a generation of artists sampling readymade images and texts to create seductively laconic pictures. Yet the colourful sheen of Johnson’s photo-based works is also a foil for sexual, political and semantic tension. The artist’s pictures are encryptions of a Hollywood demi-monde, referring to the cultures from which his work emerges – queer, political, filmic and theoretical.

The exhibition is curated by Los Angeles-based writer Bruce Hainley, and by Antony Hudek, Curator and Deputy Director of Raven Row. Commie Pinko Guy, a publication edited by Hainley with new essays by Morgan Fisher, Lisa Lapinski, Hainley, Hudek and Wayne Koestenbaum, as well as reprints of classic underground queer writing, will accompany the exhibition.

Link: Larry Johnson at Raven Row

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