The October Paintings – A Painting Project by Vincent Galen Johnson in Los Angeles

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This The October Paintings suite painting is underpainted twice, scraped, rubbed. then ad admixture of white paint was added to the surface, after the final underpainting layer was dry after having had its several coats of paint scraped into with palette knives. It reminds me of a creamy popsicle, but with many scarred, scraped and otherwise amended outer layers.

 

his is the second painting in this suite that is finished with a white paint layer and wash. There were 2 applications with scraping by painting knife and then a sharper blade. The painting is one of the most aggressively worked surfaces in the collection.

This is the second painting in this suite that is finished with a white paint layer and wash. There were 2 applications with scraping by painting knife and then a sharper blade. The painting is one of the most aggressively worked surfaces in the collection.

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The October Paintings,

These 4×4 foot paintings are my continued experiment in the medium of painting. I intend for each work of art to be unique in its making. Different paint, mediums, brushes, rags – wet with paint, dry with paint, wet with mediums, dry rags and my own hands are used to create the works. Each of the fully completed works is allowed to dry for several weeks before it is then compared to the others in the suite to decide if more work needs to be done to the picture to my satisfaction. Paint is layered and overlaid and allowed to dry, sometimes later scraped away and repainted with or without medium. There are also several small-scale works under production that are sometimes employed as test devices for the larger works. The project is a follow-up to my Cosmos Suite of paintings, which are also still underway. Each so far is 30×40 inches or 20×24 inches. You can search for the Cosmos Suite on my blog to see the works.

This is the first painting in The October Paintings suite to employ layers of titanium zinc white as an overlay to the potent colors beneath. The work has performs as a collision of forms and colors recede and thrust forward to the painting surface.

This is the first painting in The October Paintings suite to employ layers of titanium zinc white as an overlay to the potent colors beneath. The work has performs as a collision of forms and colors recede and thrust forward to the painting surface.

This particular post is done in light of the incredible excitement happening in the LA artworld in this year of 2014. Several major announcements have been made of world-class international and major galleries expanding to Los Angeles, including Spruth Magers, Hauser & Wirth, Maccarone, Tanya Bonadkar, Gavlak. Other LA galleries are expanding into warehouse sized spaces including Kordansky, Various Small Fires and LA Louvre. The Mistake Room is a major new kunsthalle in Los Angeles that will focus on art not from the West. There is new gallery activity in Leimert Park, with the opening of Papillion and soon an exhibition space by Mark Bradford. Recently FIAC announced plans to expand to LA in 2015. There has never been a year in LA’s art history where so many major new venues were announced or soon forthcoming, including the Marciano Foundation for Contemporary Art and the Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles. What is happening today is light years away from the hole-in-the-wall and apartment gallery scene of the 1990’s LA artworld. I cannot lie and say that this new energy has not helped to push my practice of painting even further along that it was even 2 years ago. It is something that I am determined to be successful at – which is to produce a vast body of paintings in which my reputation as an artist will be made.

thanks

Vincent Galen Johnson

Los Angeles

 

 

Vincent Johnson: Painting and Photography Projects 2013

Vincent Johnson: Artist Statement
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In my artistic practice I seek to unveil and record aspects of the nature of human existence where I am a personal witness. My work is driven by a deep desire to attempt to understand our world. At one point in my life I realized that I had read over 4,000 books, yet I understood that I wanted to also visit even more parts of the world, to experience it directly. Since that time I have traveled and discovered that eating great food is as important as any form of cultural knowledge.

I come from Cleveland, Ohio, which has a tremendous public library downtown. As a child I would walk there alone, sit in its great halls and read.

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California Lightbulb, Filthy Light Switch
Archival digital photography
Vincent Johnson, Los Angeles
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Nine Grayscale Paintings in Los Angeles, studio view, 2011.
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Vincent Johnson’s studio in Los Angeles
Here are photographs of my most recent body of paintings. The paintings are “recorders” of my thoughts turned into actions on canvas. Paintings are made of the raw materials of the earth, yet they are able to mirror the realities of our existence in the universe.

The October Paintings are comprised of nine 4×4 foot oil on canvas paintings. These are the largest canvases I’ve worked on since my return to painting. I was trained as a representational painter. My graduate degree is in critical theory. These works are a continuation of my exploration of the history of art materials, combined with using the layering techniques of representation to create singular new abstractions within a rigorous conceptual framework. The October Paintings is also a photography project, whereby I will document the each of the paintings’ progress. The October Paintings project is is my first time working on several large-scale canvases (4×4 feet) at once. The works are visceral, visually rich, emotively engaging. They follow the six large-scale paintings in the Cosmos Suite that is also ongoing and was started in 2012, and the Nine Grayscale Paintings in Los Angeles that I completed in 2011. In my work I have always sought to reach for and produce imagery that lends itself to a serious consideration of the ideas that come to the mind when approaching the image. For me these works seek to substantiate themselves in the world, to be both evocative and provocative, beautiful and remarkable in both concept and realization.

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The October Paintings (2013) by Vincent Johnson
canvases 1 and 2 of 9 total oil on canvas works, this is a painting and photography project.

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The October Paintings (2013) by Vincent Johnson
canvases 1 and 2 of 9

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Nine grayscale paintings in Los Angeles (2011)
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Oil on canvas. Each canvas 20×24 inches.

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The Cosmos Suite: Golden Dream
30×40 inches. Oil on canvas. 2012
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The Cosmos Suite: Green God (2011)
Oil on canvas. 20×24 inches
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Four Blocks from High School Home – Cleveland, Ohio Collinwood High Area

archival digital photography by Vincent Johnson (2013)

 

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Cleveland House Destroyed. Interior View.

archival digital photography shot in Cleveland, Ohio by Vincent Johnson (2013)

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3rd Ward Houston – First Burned House – Kitchen Window View # 1

archival digital photography shot in Houston, Texas by Vincent Johnson (2013)

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3rd Ward Houston – Sharna Nails

archival digital photography shot in Houston, Texas by Vincent Johnson (2013)

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Detroit: Ford Mercury Parked in Woods

archival digital photography shot in Detroit, Michigan by Vincent Johnson (2013)

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Detroit: Tire and Bush House

archival digital photography shot in Detroit, Michigan by Vincent Johnson (2013)

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K&M Candy Store: Detroit

archival digital photography shot in Detroit, Michigan by Vincent Johnson (2013)

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Detroit: House – Two Step Foundation

archival digital photography shot in Detroit, Michigan by Vincent Johnson (2013)

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Vincent Johnson: CV
Vincent Johnson received his MFA in Fine Art Painting from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California 1997 and his BFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1986. He is a 2005 Creative Capital Grantee, and was selected 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 for the Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship, Los Angeles. In 2010 he was named a United States Artists project artist. His work has been reviewed in ArtForum, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, Art in America and Art Slant.His photographic works were shown in the inaugural Pulse Fair Los Angeles by the artist run space Las Cienegas Projects in 2011. He has shown recently at Soho House (curated by ForYourArt, Los Angeles) and at Palihouse (curated by Los Angeles Nomadic Division), West Hollywood, and most recently in Photography 2013 at Another Year in LA gallery, West Hollywood. Johnson’s work has appeared in several venues, including The Studio Museum in Harlem (Freestyle (2001, The Philosophy of Time Travel, 2007, and The Bearden Project, 2011/2012), PS1 Museum, SK Stiftung, Cologne; Santa Monica Museum of Art, LAXART, Las Cienegas Projects; Boston University Art Museum; Kellogg Museum, Cal Poly Pomona; Adamski gallery of Contemporary Art, Aachen; Lemonsky Projects, Miami. His work has been published in over a dozen exhibition catalogs. Johnson is creating new large-scale abstract paintings for his Cosmos Suite, and his The October Paintings, that explore the practice of painting with the knowledge of historical painting practices. He is using the techniques of representation to create remarkable works of abstract art. At Beacon Arts Center, Los Angeles, he recently exhibited an entire suite of grayscale paintings. In the Spring of 2013, he exhibited a series of photographic works at Another Year in LA gallery, West Hollywood, California. His work recently appeared in the inaugural Open Project exhibition at the Palace of the Inquisition, Evora, Portugal, 2013.

Vincent Johnson lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He will be participating in the LAXART, Los Angeles, benefit auction with a painting from his Cosmos Suite in November, 2013.

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