Vincent Johnson


The recent works of Los Angeles-based artist Vincent Johnson expound upon his research of the American Cold War Civil Air Defense Program. Johnson focuses on forms related to the mechanics of this period. For example, the artist has a new site-specific sculptural installation currently on view at LAXART in Los Angeles called “Civil Air Defense Project #1.” For this installation, Johnson took the form of a Cold War Chrysler Air Raid Siren that was used in the ’50s to warn the public about upcoming air raids and used the device for formal experimentation and as a deceptive tool to comment on current social, political and military relations. Johnson’s photographic work has been exhibited in museums and art spaces internationally, such as at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York City and the Adamski Gallery of Contemporary Art in Aachen, Germany. The artist received his M.F.A. from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (1997) and participated in a collaborative project at the Studio Museum in Harlem.