The playing field
Joe Johnson earned his MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work has been reviewed or published in Art in America, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Esquire Magazine Russia, and YVI Magazine in the Netherlands. Johnson’s works are included in many permanent collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. The recipient of Center Santa Fe’s 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award, Johnson currently teaches in the art photography program at the University of Missouri.
Artistic project : The playing field
This project continues Johnson’s other work investigating architectures that share an aesthetic of social persuasion. From evening news sets, mega churches and the casino gaming architecture presented here, the critical narrative of the photographs depends on the extent to which the artist can reconcile the visual appearance of these spaces with their status as instruments of control. The Playing Field presents casinos as a perceptual labyrinth and psychological space. Johnson is most interested in the seams of the veneer, where the spectacle does not quite deliver upon its glossy promise..
Audioguide : listen to the artist’s reflexion on the theme « Play and Distraction »
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