Photographer Joe Johnson is determined to document the inner workings of megachurches, from the Godly to the grotesque. He's particularly fascinated by the logistics of creating and running these humungous houses of worship – the wires, the computers and the fiddly fixtures, the inner workings of the Word, the behind-the-scenes action to back up the Acts, the gadgets that create on-stage magic.
Prior to reaching Redux, Johnson's series has been exhibited in a different form in other galleries like the Beach Art Museum, Kansas State University and Gallery Kayafas, Boston MA. Johnson will come to Charleston to completely conceptualize and finish the show, selecting photos that work in the Redux space.
The artist's fascination with mall-sized superchurches began when he attended some services with his mother in North Carolina. He found that religious iconography had been toned down to make ceremonies as all-embracing as possible. Hundreds of photographs later, he'll be offering an all-access look at these 21st Century cathedrals. —Nick Smith