Arcades and casinos have always been a cult space to artists linked to everything kitsch and rampant consume politics. Las Vegas is the new Mecca to those followers of bad taste and gold finish; highlights, neon lights, vending machines, carpet, plastic flowers and other decorative elements that would burn any AD subscriber’s eyes are the ingredientes that fill the work of these artists.
Desolating sceneries as the ones of Joe Johnson and his photography; abandoned spaces that smell of naphthalene and show the decadence that 70s interior design drowned into. Artificial deep America environment, from TV sets and arcades to churches lead by preachers with teeth whitening treatments. Disturbing architecture in front of this American photographer’s lense whose portfolio highlights the absence of characters, letting the place get al the spotlight. Furniture and interiorism that present an alternative to what Ikea says; we say yes to carpet, mirrors and sparkling curtains in all public buildings. Let’s break some ground and bring kitsch back!
- Joe Johnson
- Sergi Casero