Larry Johnson -
June 21 - September 6, 2009
The Hammer Museum presents the first full-scale survey exhibition in the U.S. of the work of Larry Johnson. Johnson, born in 1959, is one of many important figures who emerged from CalArts in the 1980s. His unique style blends drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, and text. Many works explore themes of Hollywood and celebrity, where aspirations and fantasies bump up against reality. Texts are a crucial part of Johnson's work, either written by him or appropriated from disparate sources such as People magazine, pulp fiction, celebrity autobiographies, black box flight recorders, and rock lyrics.