“Mr. PLYWOOD IS VEGAN” – Utopian Visions Art Fair, Portland OR

“Mr. PLYWOOD IS VEGAN”
presented by Good Weather
at Utopian Visions Art Fair, September 14-16, 2018
For the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Festival (TBA)

Good Weather is glad to present work by Layet Johnson for Utopian Visions Art Fair (organized by Srijon Chowdhury) as part of PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival. The fair opens on Fri, Sep 14, 2018 from 5–8 pm, continuing Sat, Sep 15–Sun, Sep 16, 2018 from 11 am–4 pm. With material connection to local economies, Layet Johnson is recreating the iconic Mr. PLYWOOD sign (located across the street from the fair on SE Stark St. in Portland) and adding the caption “IS VEGAN” below its heading. By replicating this sign, Layet underlines the intrinsic nature of plywood. This plausible variation creates a literal and metaphysical mirrored image, encouraging a double take to imagine the ethical potentialities of the individual versus the whole. The sign, as humorous as its name is congenial, depicts an eight-foot high diamond-shaped man, in a wide grin, boots, overalls, and a red cap with a pencil behind his ear. As parts of Layet’s own practice, cartooning and sign-painting dovetail with his sincere interest in the linguistic nature of conceptual art. In Mr. PLYWOOD IS VEGAN, Layet posits a scenario where everyone can adopt a vegan lifestyle that limits suffering in the world and builds a form of utopia founded on alternative but realistic mores. On Sun, Sep 16, 2018 from 11 am–2 pm, Layet will lead a series of drawing exercises using fruits and vegetables bought at the adjacent Montavilla Farmers Market. Topics will include anthropomorphization in cartoons and the foundational drawing techniques of sighting and measuring from still lifes to trees.

Read reviews of the fair in the Portland MercurySpike Art Magazine, and Ursula.