Larry Johnson “On Location” at Raven Row, London
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.
Curated by Bruce Hainley and Antony Hudek
until 9 August 2015
Untitled (Location I), 2001
Untitled (Location III), 2001
Untitled (Ass), 2007
Untitled (Moved to Tears), 2010
Untitled (Achievement SW Corner, GlendaleSilverlake Blvds), 2009
Untitled (Meters), 2007
Larry Johnson “On Location” at Raven Row, London, 2015
Courtesy: the artist; 303 Gallery, New York; Raven Row, London. Photo: Marcus J. Leith.