Image: Untitled (Leo Ford), 1990-2000
A quintessentially Los Angeles artist, Larry Johnson has worked for over 4 decades investigating the inherent contradictions between the shiny surfaces and underlying cynical logics of American culture. His works reference the languages of animation (especially the fantasy worlds of Walt Disney), graphic and commercial design, and advertising. Often employing cryptographic systems of communication relying on multi-entendre layers of image and text, Johnson’s humorous and often cutting commentaries on his own culture’s exported ideologies have made him one of the foremost artists of his generation. His work has been shown and is held in prominent institutions and collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and MAMCO, Geneva among others.