Incan Masks | Japanese Graphics

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Mixed Media Collage


18" x 24"


When people think of Peru, they often mention the Amazon Rainforest, Machu Picchu, and ancient Incan ruins. And, of course, llamas. What a lot of people do not know is that Peruvian culture has been influenced tremendously by the influx of Japanese immigrants beginning around 1900. In fact, in 1900, Alberto Fujimori, the son of Japanese immigrants, was elected president of Peru. Even today, you can purchase any number of daily newspapers and magazines written entirely in Japanese. And, its no secret that some of the world's best cuisine has its origins in the Japanese kitchens of Lima. This piece is imaginary. It relies upon photographs of ancient wooden Incan masks that I took several years ago and scans of vintage Japanese newspapers published in Lima. The combination of printed images provides an imaginary view of a place that I have never been.

About this Artist

Gary Johns

Gary Johns characterizes himself as an observer and recorder of the world in which he lives. His artwork reflects his interest in the decay and detritus that surrounds all of us. Johns finds beauty in what many people overlook. It can be in the form of a photograph, a torn poster, or all kinds of unimaginable litter found on the street. These elements are “combined” and are the centerpieces for many of his photographic and mixed media collages.  A collaborative project with renowned photographer Greg Gorman, titled Homage, will begin its exhibition tour this summer in Lubeck, Germany. Johns recently exhibited his mixed media work – titled Detritus – at the Holmann Gallery in Palm Desert and will exhibit his work this fall in Hamburg, Germany. Johns resides in the Echo Park section of Los Angeles for six months of the year. For the months between Memorial Day and Labor…
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