People / Frank Johnson (aka Frank Ramirez)

Artist, musician. Frank Johnson, also known as Frank Ramirez, was the lead singer of UJ3RK5, the short lived yet influential post-punk rock band. The members of UJ3RK5—Ian Wallace on bass guitar, Rodney Graham on guitar, Jeff Wall on vocals and keyboards, David Wisdom on back-up vocals, Kitty Byrne on drums, and Danice MacLeod on violin—met as students at the University of British Columbia during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Johnson also participated in the art book project, Architecture of Fraser Valley: An Opportunities for Youth Project. For this project, the disappearing Victorian-era buildings were documented in a partly random manner, the search itself becoming a part of the text, revealing the economic forces at work in the production of culture and landscape.