Johalla Projects Presents C____ OF THE EYE/ C____OF THE HAND

C____ OF THE EYE/ C____OF THE HAND

New work by Ivan Lozano

July 6, 2012 – July 27, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, June 6th from 7-10PM

By Appointment Only

Repurposing pornographic imagery, Ivan LOZANO reinterprets the superstition and mysticism at the root of human religious impulses, while identifying the processes at work in both the practice of art and faith.

A direct reference to his Catholic upbringing in Guadalajara, LOZANO transforms the gallery into a basilica, the art becoming icons of worship.  The “Stations of the Cross” are reimagined through sculptural objects composed of video stills from adult films, reflections of the parallels in all altered states (religious, sexual or otherwise). At the apse of LOZANO’s basilica, whether in pain or ecstasy, the viewer must submit to the subjectivity of his proselytism, as the central altar’s live video feed transubstantiates them into a part of the piece. In C_ OF THE EYE/C_ OF THE HAND, LOZANO transforms Johalla Projects into a temporary autonomous zone for veneration by using ritualistic narrative, cultic imagery and engaging the architecture of the gallery.

IVAN LOZANO – (b.1981, Guadalajara, MX) www.ivanlozano.net Lozano has previously shown with Johalla Projects, however this is his first solo show. He completed his B.S. in Radio, Television and Film at the University of Texas, Austin in 2005 and was the recipient of the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he completed his MFA in Studio Art in 2011. His practice is rooted in folk/religious tradition and uses tech culture and materials such as gay pornography found online, wood, house paint, ribbon, jewelry chains, and mirrors to provide an air of sublimated elegance to his work. His work offers an alternative to the understanding of the world through digital image files that is fast becoming an inescapable condition of the digital age. Ivan lives and works in Chicago, IL.

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About johallaprojects

Johalla Projects was established in the fall of 2009 by Anna Cerniglia as a venue for emerging and mid-career artists. Located in Chicago's West Town neighborhood, Johalla Projects is a collective space collaborating with artists, writers, and curators. In addition to presenting exhibitions in its gallery space, Johalla works to organize and execute public art projects in neighborhoods across the city of Chicago. Every exhibition and project undergoes a thoughtful selection process, assuring that each show presented by Johalla Projects is comprised of the finest contemporary work.

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