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Larry Johnson, Untitled (Raven Row Giraffe), 2015, C-print, wood, 5' 5“ × 10' 8 3/4” × 2 3/4".

Larry Johnson

Raven Row

Larry Johnson, Untitled (Raven Row Giraffe), 2015, C-print, wood, 5' 5“ × 10' 8 3/4” × 2 3/4".

Untitled (Raven Row Giraffe), 2015, is a wall-spanning photograph of a cartoon giraffe with an image of a pencil inserted in its asshole as it sucks on another—the pencils manipulated by images of two human hands. The animal’s pouty lips are clasped tightly, its eyes popping out. Another photograph, Untitled (Ass), 2007, depicts a line-drawn donkey whose anus is being poked by a pencil eraser as it makes dopey, sexy, come-hither eyes at the hand that wields the writing implement. In Untitled (Kangaroo), 2007, a female marsupial has a pencil sticking erect from her pouch, which she grips firmly with both hands, arms bent, mouth open wide with joy.

These works punctuated “On Location,” a survey of the Los Angeles–based artist Larry Johnson’s work from the early 1990s to the present, curated by Bruce Hainley and Anthony Hudek. The unabashed sexual pleasure enjoyed by these

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