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Larry Johnson, Untitled (I Had Never Seen Anything Like It) (1988)


Walker Art Center



Institution Walker Art Center
"Perhaps the best thing would be for people to examine their own reasons for liking the same stories I do. Maybe that's enough."--Larry Johnson

In his work, Los Angeles-based artist Larry Johnson references various media and autobiographical experiences such as advertisements, conversations, and magazine texts. In much the same way as a movie clip, the "scene" authored by the artist in Untitled (I Had Never Seen Anything Like It) is dependent on creating a context of time and space that suggests a larger fiction. Through his use of photography, text, and a modernist color palette, Johnson at once affirms and complicates the nonlinear dynamics of language, his own love of images, and the pervasive influence of Hollywood on the imagination.

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Source: Label text for Larry Johnson, Untitled (I Had Never Seen Anything Like It) (1988), from the exhibition Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, December 8, 1996 to April 4, 1999.
Rights: Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009