BREAKING THE PLAIN

AIRBORNE / HANGÁR

THIRTEEN MINUS ONE

FEAST PROJECT

DIVERS MEMORIES

SIGNATURE

TREED

EARLY WORK

INVITATION

STUDIO SPACE
‘The Feast Project’

Vertigo Magazine
July 2007

Text: ‘Notes on an Indulgence’
By Catherine Clinger

Johnson was commissioned by editor Gareth Evans to produce a double page artist’s project for Vertigo magazine, a publication that specialises in the dissemination of new ideas about independent film and the moving image. The commission enabled Johnson to extend further her exploration of the relationship between archive, installation, screen and page through a reflection on the relationship between the artists’ page, text/image work and photo documentation.

The spread juxtaposed the three key components of the Feast Project.  On the left hand page an installation shot is presented as if it were a book with text on one side and images on the other. Below are seven spreads from the book using found texts from a child’s First Communion missal. On the right hand page a child photographed in the Oculorium Gallery performs the actions of the imaged girls in the print behind her. She tenderly holds a chocolate chip cookie with a bite taken out … reminiscent of the Communion wafer.  As she looks up, and up again on the page, a photograph of a girl from the archive gazes down in awe – a gesture of repetition. This exchange brings the viewer back into contact with ritual performance: acting, enactment and play.

Below we see an installation shot of the video work The Set. “The large corpus image projected upon the wall is deconstructed into two close-up shots of the male and female subjects that oscillate from one corporeal detail to the next and are contained within two monitors set on the floor. This virtual partitioning of their bodies transforms each monitor into a reliquary of innocence filled with bits and pieces of the living.”

 

 

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