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Up-and-coming artist

Leander Johnson is only 13 years old - he'll be 14 in July - but he speaks with the eloquence and sincerity of a seasoned, introspective artist. Blame it on the artist parents, blame it on his unparallel childlike sense of wonder, or blame it on his Warholian sense of style - bottom line is he's got a lot of talent packed into a small person.

Johnson's exhibit, "In Time, On a Late Train" has been running all month at the Corduroy Gallery (59 Market St, Portland). His photos capture what he describes as an "in between Portland," capturing disappearing parts of the city through shots of decrepit buildings and setting suns.

Along with it, he has constructed a zine called "Masculin/Feminin" full of pictures and events from the 1960s - an era he is obsessed with.

Along with his art works, Johnson has crafted ambient musical works he sees as soundtracks to his photos.

"Hopefully it's being read as a cinematic score so when people listen to it, even if it's subconscious, they'll feel as if there's a camera behind them and that it's a film," Johnson said.

Johnson is currently at Mildred's Lane, an artist residency in Pennsylvania, with his parents to further his immersion in art.

Despite his success and maturity in the art world, Johnson said he sees no reason to draw the line between being a kid and an adult.

"My friends and the kids I go to school with are growing up and they're having parties, and I'm not really interested in that," Johnson said. "I'm interested in just being a kid pretty much."

_Kegan Zema
 

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