Found Photography: Las Vegas Personals – Alternative (2013) archival digital photography by Vincent Johnson
Found Photography: Las Vegas Personals – Blondes (2013) archival digital photography by Vincent Johnson
Found Photography: Las Vegas Personals – Premier – Red (2013) archival digital photography by Vincent Johnson
Found Photography: Las Vegas Personals – Premier – Pasties (2013) archival digital photography by Vincent Johnson
This body of photographs was shot at night in downtown Las Vegas. The magazines are similar to those that used to be offered to all walking visitors on all parts of the Las Vegas Strip. Like Vegas itself, these magazine’s photography is created to propel the viewer into the realm of fantasy. One of the unusual elements about the cover page images is how they are updated versions of 1940’s black and white movie photo play magazines that also veered toward to illicit and the erotic. The ragged state of the magazine’s boxes themselves speak of the low status these magazine actually have in the hierarchy of Las Vegas paid for pleasures. One interesting element is that the cover ads do not direct your attention toward a person, but to a universe of websites. In the past one could peruse a Las Vegas Yellow Pages and see numerous ads featuring pleasure for a price.
Vincent Johnson in Los Angeles
Cosmos Suite painting 2013: Celestial Storm by Vincent Johnson. Oil on canvas. 30″x40″.
This is the first painting I’ve created in the year 2012. Each of the paintings in the Cosmos Suite and Nine Grayscale paintings employs different elements in terms of paint application, type of painting media used, and the range of colors worked into the painted surface. This particular painting has four major layers of paint with more layers added and blended into the already laid down and worked paint. The second layer is allowed to bone dry before the last layers are applied. I’ve compiled several recipes for creating the paintings, which take several weeks as the underpainting layers are air-dried. After applying the third layers, I rest the work for a day or more to figure out what will be the plan of attack to complete and resolve the painting. With each work I strive to produce an elegant and beautiful image that is also compelling to engage from the perspective of the history of painting and of contemporary painting practices today.
Celestial Storm: Studio view (2013)
New Abstract Paintings: The Cosmos suite (2012)
Golden Dream (2012), part of the Cosmos Suite of paintings
- California Toilet, Filthy Light Switch (2010) by Vincent Johnson. Archival Epson print (Private Collection, Miami, Florida). I provided this image as I realized its clear similarity to Golden Dream, which I completed a week ago in my studio in Los Angeles.
Cosmos. Oil on canvas 2012 by Vincent Johnson
Cosmos Red Yellow Green. Oil on canvas 2012 by Vincent Johnson
Green God. Oil on canvas 2012 by Vincent Johnson
This new painting series is part of my ongoing exploration of painting materials and techniques from the history of painting. The works combine knowledge of painting practices of both abstract and representation paintings. The works concern themselves purely with the visual power that paintings can do through the manipulation of paint. Some of the underpaintings are allowed to dry for months; some of those are built dark to light, others light to dark. None are made in a single setting. Most are worked and reworked using studio materials. Each new series takes a different approach to the painted surface from how the paint is applied, to varying the painting mediums. This suite concerns itself with the layering of paint by building up the surface and altering and reworking the wet paint with studio tools.
Two larger paintings will be completed and photographed on Sunday, July 15, 2012 and posted here.
Vincent Johnson, Grayscale painting: The Storm (2012). Oil on canvas, 30×40 inches, created in studio in Los Angeles, California
Vincent Johnson, Grayscale painting, Snow White/White Snow (2012). Oil on canvas, 30×40 inches, created in studio in Los Angeles
Vincent Johnson is an artist and writer in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California