Johnny Vampotna's 'Ghost Noir' at Slow Culture

October 02, 2013

Slow Culture is proud to present artist Johnny Vampotna’s first solo gallery exhibition, Ghost Noir. A Los Angeles resident known primarily for his roots in the graffiti and tattoo community; Johnny will showcase his expansion into previously unexplored mediums. Present will be an assortment of dynamic watercolors, oil paintings, photographs and abstract installations. 

Ghost Noir is a tribute to an encounter with a apparition the artist experienced inside the infamously haunted Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel. The incident has since inspired themes of the metaphysical both as a personal hobby and muse for his artwork. From roses to reapers, he investigates both the uncharted territory of the afterlife and the mundane beauty of daily life. Old fashioned tattoo methods fused with occult style motifs inspire this body of work to invoke a timeless feeling of American Gothic tradition.

In regards to the show Vampotna stated, “I am very excited to show with this young, ambitious gallery. I am thrilled to finally branch out from tattooing and exhibit all of my artistic abilities. This is a great opportunity, as Slow Culture has proved to be a significant contributor to the Los Angeles art scene.”

Johnny Vampotna lives and works in Los Feliz, California. His artwork has been displayed in award winning galleries such as Thinkspace, G1988 and Ironlak to name a few. He has also had the privilege of doing guest spots at equally as important tattoo shops around the world. Johnny is currently tattooing at American Electric Tattoo in Silver Lake, CA owned by Craig Jackman.

Slow Culture is an independent art gallery and retail space located in the historic Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park. We have rebuilt the bones of what was once THIS Gallery, into a multi-purpose creative space. There is an art gallery with a thoughtfully-constructed floor plan to allow for flexible programming options such as: artist exhibitions + installations, lectures, workshops, creative meetings and retail pop-ups. The retail aspect of the space has also been extended to offer a carefully curated selection of books, zines, art prints, and various curios. We believe that by fusing every aspect of our business together, we can offer a more enriching and integrated experience between consumer, artist and ourselves.