June 10, 2015 - Raven Row - Larry Johnson
June 10, 2015

Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson, Untitled (Location I), 2001. Colour photograph, edition of 3. Courtesy of the artist and 303 Gallery, New York.

Larry Johnson
On Location

11 June–9 August 2015

Raven Row
56 Artillery Lane
London E1 7LS 
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 11am–6pm 

T +44 (0) 20 7377 4300


Larry Johnson’s first major survey in Europe, On Location brings together a selection of works by the artist (born 1959, Long Beach, 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 30 years, L.A.’s physical and imaginary landscape 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 style bears the marks of a generation of artists sampling readymade images and texts to create seductively laconic surfaces. Yet the colourful sheen of Johnson’s pictures are encryptions of a Hollywood demi-monde, referring to the cultures from which his work emerges—queer, political, filmic and theoretical.

The exhibition is curated by Los Angeles-based writer Bruce Hainley, and by Antony Hudek, Curator and Deputy Director of Raven Row. Commie Pinko Guy, a publication edited by Hainley with new essays by Morgan Fisher, Lisa Lapinski, Hainley, Hudek and Wayne Koestenbaum, as well as reprints of classic underground queer writing, will accompany the exhibition.

For more information, please see www.ravenrow.org.

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