THE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGINARY, curated by Vincent Johnson. Nan Rae Gallery. Woodbury University. Los Angeles – INSTALLATION AND OPENING PHOTOS

UPDATED 3/19/2017

Photographs from the opening of
THE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGINARY
Nine Approaches to Photography Today
Nan Rae Gallery
Woodbury University
Curated by Vincent Johnson

Artists:
Adrienne DeVine
Buena Johnson
Derrick Maddox
George Porcari
Glen Wilson
Jessica Wimbley
Isabelle Lutterodt
Kathie Foley-Meyer
Salvatore Reda
Toni Scott
Vincent Johnson

 

This exhibition features an artist who has won a Tiffany in photography and who is publishing a book on the films of Antonioni. It features an artist who is on the short list of the next Shanghai Biennial. This artist has already had one person shows in China. It features artists who are also award winners in Hollywood and the commercial arts. It features painters, photographers, filmmakers and video artists. It features the works of an artist who is also a rising star independent curator. It features an artist born in England who is a photographer and videomaker and who is also an institutional curator in Los Angeles. It features a photographer who studied at Yale. All but one artist in the exhibition has an MFA from a prominent Southern California art school or university. That artist studied in New York. It features six African American women artists. It features an award winning artist and designer based in Portland. It features three Art Center College of Design MFAs. The exhibition catalog and zine are in progress. It will feature something I’ve never seen in Los Angeles, a collection of interviews of artists in the exhibition, almost all of whom are artists of color. The interviews trace each artist’s creative life from their first recollections to the present. It features an artist from Lima, Peru. The exhibition catalog will of course document the exhibition, but it will also contain an essay on Photography and Time and a piece on how certain animals and birds perception of time is different than humans. The zine will contain the responses to the artist questionnaire. This too is something I’ve never seen in a publication of Los Angeles artists. It’s something that happened often in Europe and was used by curators in New York as a tool to help understand the artist’s work and unnveiled the philosophical positions on how they see their art. The exhibition will have a selection of additional works in an online only show. Up the road I plan on doing more interviews and inviting more artists to answer the questionnaire on photography and a new one I’m developing for art. The opening was well attended and included dealers, collectors and art writers amidst the many art lovers who spent last Sunday afternoon seeing so much new and great photo-based work. The show looks really great. Everyone who wants to see what an older generation of sharp, gifted and talented Los Angeles Artists is up to should come check out this amazing show. Thanks. Vincent Johnson.

Kathie Foley- Meyer 25. Citizen\Soldier. 2017 Mixed media installation, vellum photos printed on acrylic, electrical components,particle hah d board, video. 95” x 73.5”

Isabelle Lutterodt 19. Meditation on Stillness. 2017 Video.

George Porcari 26. Softinstant 9 Transit Exit. 2017 Archival digital print (red car on bottom). 38” x 32” 27. Softinstant 6 (painting for tourist). 2017 Archival digital print (red cones on top). 38” x 32”

Buena Johnson 20. Rain Carnivale’. 2016 Photo on Metal. 16” x 20” 21. “Ride On” by BUENA. 2016 Photo on Metal. 16” x 20” 22. Downtown Shuffle. 2016 Photograph on Metal 16” x 20” 23. Neon Symphony. 2016 Photo on Metal. 16” x 20” 24. Eighth Note. 2016 Photo on Metal. 16” x 20”

Salvatore Reda m. 1.The Ship. 2017 Wood, color inkjet prints, metal hardware. 38” x 20”

Glen Wilson 18. Mpanjono, Ambina sy Bahary (Morondava) version 1. 1997-2017 Archival Ink-Jet Prints (on Hahnemuhle), mounted on sintra 69” x 53”

Toni Scott 9. Scream One. 2017 Mixed Media 48” x 72” 10. Scream Two. 2017 Mixed Media 48” x 72”

Derrick Maddox n, 2. for whom the son sets free. 2017 Large handmade paper sheet with composite image photo of my neighborhood torn it bbsections and embedded within the paper itself, smaller handmade paper sheets, acrylic bbpaint, house paint, oil stick, sharpie, latex glove, photo clipping, from 1950’s to 1960’s bboriginal (Life and Time) magazine articles on black life in America. bb bb18.5” x 33.5” x .25” 3. Stuc. 2017 Mixed media collage, digital composite transfer on found cardboard, oil stick, acrylic paint, nbdirt. b30” x 27” 4. Aaah! S.W.I.L.A. (Some Where In Los Angeles). 2017 Mixed media photo sculpture, a photo of random stain on sidewalk, photo transferred on hhMDF, Oil stick, acrylic paint, plastic baby foot, found object (toy flag), mounted on “The nbPerfect Pineapple” fruit box found in my neighborhood, filled with bread slicked. b b15.375” x 13.25” x 9” 5. Oh Say (that you can sang). 2017 Mixed media photo sculpture, photo, found object, acrylic paint, original floor jack from my 1968 Ranchero. 40” x 24.5”

Adrienne Devine
14. Hello. 2014 C Print.
24” x 16”
15. Mokeying Around. 2013
C Print.
36” x 24”
16. Progeny. 2013
C Print. NFS
16” x 24”
17. Isaiah59:17. 2014
C Print. 18” x 24”

Vincent Johnson 6. Soviet Space. 2017 Archival digital photographic print in black frame. 43” x 23” 7. Mexican Los Angeles (Dream). 2017 Archival digital photographic print in white frame. 44” x 34” 8. Korean Los Angele(Dream).2017 Archival digital photographic print in white frame. 44” x 34”

Exhibiting Artist Kathie Foley-Meyer with her work and Exhibiting Artist Buena Johnson in foreground.

Exhibiting Artist Toni Scott and Exhibiting Artist Adrienne DeVine

Isabelle Lutterodt 19. Meditation on Stillness. 2017 Video.

 

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THE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGINARY:

The title of the exhibition alludes to the question of what is the photographic imaginary today.

The overarching theme of the photographic imaginary is essentially photography in its myriad manifestations from ideas of photography to conception and print.

This exhibition will explore several forms of the photographic imaginary, from the real to the unreal, from the dream to what appears to be unaltered and direct photographic truth.

The exhibited works are photo-based, not strictly only photography. There is both assemblage sculpture and video onboard.

The photographic imaginary is also the conscious state of having taken a photograph with the mind or the camera, but the image not yet being in the world in print.

The exhibition does not need or even ask for work of that speaks to any particular subject, as it is each artist’s individual contemporary vision is the subject of the exhibition as platform for photographic visions.

 The exhibition takes on Matisse‘s remark “Exactitude is not truth” as a challenge.

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The exhibition opens March 12, 2017 at the Nan Rae Gallery at Woodbury University and will be available for viewing from March 10, 2017.

There will be a catalog published by Woodbury University, containing essays by George Porcari on Photography and Time, Glen Wilson on How Time is Perceived and Vincent Johnson on The Photographic Imaginary. The catalog will also contain the transcribed artist’s audio interviews and exhibition documentation photography by Glen Wilson and Vincent Johnson. The catalog design and Social Media presence is designed by exhibiting artist Salvatore Reda.

A zine containing the responses to the artist questionnaire will also be published, with the possibility of a distinct one per artist.

A WordPress website will document the exhibition.

Today is March 6, 2017. Installation day.

This page will be updated starting today with documentation of the installation, by the installation crew from Hauser & Wirth gallery, Los Angeles.

Thanks for reading.

Vincent Johnson, curator, THE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGINARY

thephotographic-imaginary

Vincent Johnson: Exhibitions and Projects (New York & LA photographs + collages)(Fall 2010/February 2011)

Dreams of Technology (2010) 30x40 inch Lightjet photocollage, exhibited in Crisscrossing, Cal Poly Pomona Museum, fall 2010

What has been exciting in 2011 so far has been the new opportunities that continue to arise from my now longstanding relationships with artist and gallery friends, who continue to include my work in future exhibitions, both in the United States as well as in Europe. This year I plan to create my first artist books, that combine my interest in art, architecture, photography, film, painting and other creative endeavors, including experimental theater, which is super exciting. I am looking forward to seeing this blog continue to grow in terms  its already amazing global readership.

Dreams of Technology: Water to Land (2010) 30x40 inch Lightjet photocollage, exhibited in Crisscrossing, Cal Poly Pomona Museum, fall 2010

New York Upper West Side hostel, shot with iphone4, exhibited in GIFT SHOP, Another Year in LA gallery, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, fall 2010

New York Upper West Side hostel photograph (Hostel Lobby) , shot with an iphone 4, fall 2010

El Chubasco, archival digital photograph, part of Los Angeles at Night ongoing project, fall 2010

Koreatown restaurant with Korean political figures, archival digital print, part of Los Angeles at Night ongoing project, fall 2010

GStation, photographic collage of 1940's gas station in Los Angeles, shot with iphone 4, February 2011

Vincent Johnson
Los Angeles, California
cell: 818:430.1604

Vincent Johnson in Los Angeles

LANYArtiststudio@gmail.com

Biography February 2011

Vincent Johnson lives and works in Los Angeles
Johnson’s work has been exhibited at Las Cienegas Projects, LAXART, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles, the Kellogg Museum at Cal Poly Pomona, the P.S. 1. Museum, the SK Stiftung, Cologne, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Adamski Gallery of Contemporary Art, Aachen, the Sacramento Center for Contemporary Art, 18th Street Arts, Santa Monica, Another Year in LA gallery at the Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles and the Boston University Art Gallery and several other venues.
Johnson’s photographic works engage both significant and neglected historical and contemporary cultural artifacts and is based on intensive research of his subjects. Upcoming are projects in Copenhagen and other European venues, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles.
Johnson received his MFA from Art Center College of Design in 1997. He studied with Mike Kelly, Jack Goldstein, Stephen Prina, Liz Larner, Chris Williams, Mayo Thompson (formerly of Art&Language), and Liz Larner.
Johnson is a 2005 Creative Capital Grantee, and was nominated for the Baum: An Emerging American Photographer’s Award in 2004 and for the New Museum of Contemporary Arts Aldrich Art Award in 2007 and for the Art Matters grant in 2008, and in 2009 nominated for Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship, Los Angeles. In 201o he was named a United States Artists project artist.
Johnson’s work has been reviewed in ArtForum, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. Upcoming is a one person show in Copenhagen, a one person show at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a one person show at Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles
LANYArtiststudio@gmail.com

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Vincent Johnson: Great Photographs of Los Angeles, 2001 – 2005

Santa Monica, 2005

This is one of my personal all-time favorite photos, which I took in Santa Monica one morning a while back.

What I love about it is that it captures the concrete reality and the ephemeral at once. It shows an image of California that one can actually experience here when driving, which is that the road in front of you has disappeared or ends abruptly.  It also recalls the theme of solid and air, density and atmospheric. All of the man-made signs, street markings and street signs, street lamps, speak of an effort to create the possibility of order. The rising, undulating street appears to possibly be a bridge rising to allow ships to pass underneath it. Yet the movement is illusory. Life is both real and a dream.

Private home, Pasadena, California, 2005g

In the year 2001 I returned to my project that began in 1995, of photographing Los Angeles, without concern to subject. I would merely take pictures of any and everything I found visually intriguing. Between 1995 and 2007 I would take over 25,000 photographs in the Los Angeles region. I began to categorize the works over time, and then to focus on particular areas, such as Los Angeles vernacular architecture, and photographing LA at night.

I am currently going through my archive. I’ll post more photographs as time allows.

City park, Santa Monica, California, 2005

Parked Cadillac, Los Angeles, 2005

Under the Hollywood Downtowner neon sign, Hollywood, California, 2005

Adventurer motel, near LAX Airport, Los Angeles, 2005

Royal Roost, named after the legendary jazz club in NYC, South Central Los Angeles, 2005

Bitter Redhead bar, Santa Monica, California, 2005

Liquor store, San Fernando Valley, California, 2005

Valley Ho Liquor store, Van Nuys, California

Strip club billboard sign, Van Nuys

Automotive parts store, Van Nuys

Drapery store, San Fernando Valley

Jolly Jug liquor store, North Hollywood

Roofstack, South Central Los Angeles

Night street light, Los Angeles

Motel Tangiers, San Fernando Valley

Market Sign from 1950's Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley

Streetlamp, MacArthur Park, Los Angeles

Parked black Two-tone Thunderbird, Van Nuys

Mansfield Motel and Movie Billboard, Los Angeles

Six Months Crenshaw gallery space, Los Angeles

Vincent Johnson is an artist and writer in Los Angeles. He has recently been named a 2010 United States Artists Project artist.

The USA site went live on December 7, 2010

My initial project is to fabricate a 3 foot tall doll house sized sculpture of the collapsed William Livingstone House in Detroit. The project description and a video presentation of the project are at the links provided here:
http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/user/vincentjohnson
http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/project/william_livingstone_house_detroit
Please feel free to review the site and to contact others who would be interesting in supporting the program and my project.
thanks so much
Vincent Johnson
Los Angeles, California
cell: 818:430.1604

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