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)
Vincent Johnson, Los Angeles
Oil on canvas. Each canvas 20×24 inches.

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The Cosmos Suite: Golden Dream
30×40 inches. Oil on canvas. 2012
Vincent Johnson, Los Angeles
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The Cosmos Suite: Green God (2011)
Oil on canvas. 20×24 inches
Vincent Johnson, Los Angeles

Vincent Johnson

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.

vincentjohnsonart@gmail.com
cell: 818.430.1604
http://www.vincentjohnsonart.com
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