Feature Shoot Reviews Humble Cats

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"Compositionally and aesthetically there is a diversity to be found within these pages, from the black and white Cartier-Bresson-esque street photographs of a cat leaping by James Johnson, to Adelaide Ivanova’s unsettling capture of a dishevelled, soaking wet cat with piercing red eyes that match the carpet. Susan Worsham’s, Tamara Kametani’s and Rich Rollin’s quiet images are calming to look at, though without provoking in the viewer what psychology student Rebecca Dyer dubbed as “cute aggression”, i.e. that strange desire to squeeze cute animals to death that we so often feel upon viewing feline celebrities."

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Yoffy Press Releases Humble Cats

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Humble Cats is a collection of fine art photographs with feline cameos. Originally presented by Humble Arts Foundation as an online exhibition, this updated curatorial masterpiece (from Humble co-founders Jon Feinstein and Amani Olu) now features images by over 70 photographers. 

Hardcover, 9x7 inches
148 pages / 100 images
Edition of 1000

ISBN: 978-1-943948-09-3
Trade Edition:  $45.00

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And then there’s James Johnson’s Leap Aprés la Souris, an appropriation of Yves Klein’s classic 1960 image Leap into the Void, in which Klein hired photographers to recreate a jump from a second story window he claimed to have taken. In Johnson’s image, he replaces Klein’s likeness with a leaping cat. Johnson’s image is accessible to the meme-hungry and wink-worthy to the art historians and meta-obsessed.

Roberta Fallon Reviews Chewing the Scenery for the Artblog

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Situated at Crane Arts’ “Grey Space,” the antechamber to the Icebox, Chewing the Scenery pivots around the center staging of the bright-lit room where midnight-black objects shine like black holes. A modernist clock with no backing ticks the seconds in what seems a profound silence. “the past in the future tense,” by James Johnson, is a simple found-object assemblage, elegant and isolated, that speaks of lives lived, time lost, and a vast unstoppable universe of things, both man-made and natural.
Johnson’s other piece nearby, “Borrowed Scenery,” a dirty white undershirt on which he embroidered some colored doodles, drapes itself to the contours of some stairs like a ghost trying and failing to become invisible. Many of the works in the show imply the human but with few exceptions no humans are imaged in the works, leaving your imagination free to roam where it will.
I guess you the viewer become the human wandering this little universe.

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Chewing the Scenery at Crane Arts, James Johnson, “Borrowed Scenery” 2012. Photo courtesy of Meredith Sellers and Jonathan Santoro

Chewing the Scenery at Crane Arts, James Johnson, “Borrowed Scenery” 2012. Photo courtesy of Meredith Sellers and Jonathan Santoro

New Cats in Art Photography featured by BBC News In Pictures

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An online exhibition celebrating the photography of cats is being hosted by Humble Arts Foundation (HAF), a non-profit organisation based in New York City.
"New Cats in Art Photography includes 100 images from some of our favourite photographers around the world and varies from larger bodies of work dedicated entirely to cats, to one-off cat photos that find their way into non-cat specific portfolios," says Feinstein.
Most of the images, "are casual, seemingly random photographs of cats that have floated in to their larger projects".
The exhibition "may not answer any of our questions as to why photographers love cats so much, but it gives us some insights into how they continue to serve as a photographic muse", adds Feinstein.

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Huffington Post: "This Amazing Contemporary Photography Project Is Devoted Entirely To Cats"

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Leap aprés la souris  , 2013

Leap aprés la souris, 2013

Given the art world's penchant for sticking its nose up at low brow trends beloved by internet plebeians everywhere, Feinstein's project is pretty spectacular. "New Cats" shows off the work of artists like Jill Greenberg, Amy Stein and Madoka Hasegawa, and by giving the fur balls center frame for just a moment, Feinstein hopes to redirect admirers to the photographers' non-cat specific portraits. We admire the philosophy: you come for the scintillating cat photos, stay for the genuinely intriguing aesthetics.
Behold, a bunch of f*cking delightful cat photos.

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Staging and Binding Opens at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery

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Micah Danges and James Johnson are excited to announce the opening of a new collaborative effort entitled: Staging and Binding in the Window on Broad at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at The University of the Arts.

The installation can be viewed from Broad St., directly in front of the gallery from August 8th through September 8th, 2013.

Wednesday, August 14th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm
333 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia
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A limited run of prints will be available at the reception.

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Fiat Lux Opens at The Print Center

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Micah Danges ,  Ilford Shelf , 2012

Micah DangesIlford Shelf, 2012

Curated by John Caperton

Fiat Lux is a group exhibition of work by five Philadelphia artists: Stefan Abrams, Micah Danges, James Johnson, Anna Neighbor and Brent Wahl. While each of the artists trained as a photographer and has taught photography at universities and art schools in Philadelphia, none has a simple or straightforward relationship with the medium. Photography is central to the work of all these artists, but their explorations of the potentials and shortcomings of the medium result in a surprisingly diverse group of works.

April 5 – May 24, 2013

Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 11th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Gallery Talk by the artists: 5:30pm
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Panel discussion with the artists, moderated by John Caperton: 
Wednesday, May 1, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
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This exhibition is made possible by special project support from the Edna W. Andrade Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation.

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Real Detroit Weekly Mentions Oakland University Exhibition

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James Johnson is a Philadelphia artist with an intriguing take on our relationship with the things we possess. No, he has no connection with the tv show Hoarders. He does, however, have a strong connection with the principal theme that supports I Come From a Serious Place. This solo exhibit that Johnson recently delivered to the Oakland University Art Gallery is imbued with a calculated mix of seriousness and bitter humor - the latter, in some respects, being a direct result of the former. Is the accumulated weight of our belongings a convincing or valid verdict on our self-worth and identity? And if it is, have we lost something irreplaceable in the process of "getting and spending?" Johnson posits that question in such a subtle way that it is virtually impossible not to answer it - even if the answer we give is an equally subtle lie.

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