JOHALLA PROJECTS & FILTER PHOTO FESTIVAL present:
ARCHETYPE DRIFT: NEW METHODS OF PHOTOGRAPHIC MAKING
MARCH 6 – 23, 2013
Opening Reception: March 6, 2013 from 5-8pm
“The illiterate of the future will be the person ignorant of the use of the camera as well as the pen.” -Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
Photography can be a painful mirror.
Because of its illustrative tendencies and mnemonic capacities, photography enables us to tell the stories we want to tell with a hammer that is the frame. What happens when the medium gets in the way of the most important narratives?
Photography can be a seductive enabler that, at its worst, allows us to fetishize, beautify, and conduct shallow investigations. Meanwhile, paradigmatic changes in history and culture metastasize alongside new technological ways to make, edit, and distribute images. Are photographers pushing envelopes of meaning and relevance? Are they even keeping pace?
With the ubiquity of images high and low, how does an image-maker create cultural value in 2013?
Archetype Drift is a call for new methods of photographic making, editing, and presentation. It is a call for risk taking, chance operations, relabeling, and letting go of the comfortable. It is in itself an experiment and a (momentary) mirror.
This exhibition is presented by Filter Photo Festival and Johalla Projects concurrently with the Society for Photographic Education’s (SPE) 2013 National Conference. Archetype Drift is juried by internationally-renowned artist, curator, writer, and educator Jason Lazarus.
Participating Artists Include:
Nick Albertson, Hiba Ali, Ben Alper, Zak Arctander, Patricia Azevedo and Clare Charnley, Shannon Benine, Bill Berger, Clarissa Bonet, Dan Bradica, Molly Brandt, Kevin Buzzell, Malina Chavez, Jeremiah Chiu, Peter Happel Christian, Emily Clayton, Alex De Leong, Brooks Dierdorff, Lauren Edwards, AnnieLaurie Erickson, Ben Gilberg, Hans Gindlesberger, James T. Green, Kate Hampel, Jessica Harvey, Robert Heishman, Jon Horvath, Julie Jones, Jason Judd, Natalie Krick, Elliott Mickleburgh, Laura Newlon, Kate O’Neill, David Oresick, Vesna Pavlovic, Dan Paz, George P. Perez, David Politzer, Oli Rodriguez, Logan Rollins, Greg Ruffing, Jordan Schulman, Luke Shaw, Jamie Steele, D.E. Todd, Julie Leah Weber, Kevin Barrett Weil, and Nicole White.
JOHALLA PROJECTS AND “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL” PROJECT HEAD TO 35 DENTON MUSIC FESTIVAL
MARCH 7 – MARCH 10, 2013
35 DENTON MUSIC FESTIVAL
This year, the 5th annual 35 Denton Music Festival will feature a large-scale art installation by artist Matthew Hoffman, produced by Johalla Projects. The 100 foot long sculpture reads “You Are Beautiful” in 8 foot tall wooden letters on the roof of the Dan’s Silverleaf music venue in downtown Denton, Texas.
Ten years ago, Hoffman quietly started a simple sticker campaign called “You Are Beautiful” with 100 stickers. Since then, over a half million stickers have traveled around the world and the campaign has evolved into block long murals, public installations, and exhibitions at cultural institutions involving thousands of artists. The campaign’s history is rich, but the message remains clear, “Stay strong, and never forget: You Are Beautiful.”
This collaboration is Johalla Projects’ latest effort in their ongoing mission to expose the public to art outside the gallery walls. By showcasing Hoffman’s message at the festival, Johalla Projects hopes to foster 35 Denton’s belief in an intimate exchange between artist and attendee that cultivates a bond within the community.
For more information, please contact Director Anna Cerniglia or Press Manager Jaclyn Mellini at email@example.com.
HEATHER GABEL: SACRED CIRCLES AT THE DAMEN BLUE LINE
February 15 – May 1, 2013
DON’T FRET: Love in the Time of Online Dating
FEBRUARY 8 – FEBRUARY 27, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, February 8 from 7-10PM
Gallery Hours: By Appointment Only
While many street artists seem to promote a blatantly rebellious or anti-authoritarian sentiment, Don’t Fret’s work is charming and blithe with hopeful undertones. A satirist and comedian, Don’t Fret can, through his work, make almost anything lighthearted and humorous by simply dictating the context. His almost poetic text overstates the obvious while his bright imagery and oddball characters set the scene.
His latest show, Love in the Time of Online Dating, will utilize his visual rhetoric and colorful characters to help create new landscapes that pointedly communicate the sometimes obnoxiously stereotypical goings on of everyday city life. The show will also include some conceptual and interactive pieces, as well as select pieces that were on view during the 2012 Scope Fair in Miami.
Don’t Fret is a human from Chicago. Known for his quirky and colorful characters, his work has graced walls in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Miami, Sao Paulo, Berlin, Prague, and Munich in the form of wheat pastes and murals. Don’t Fret was part of the Chicago Readers “Best of Chicago 2011″ winning “Best Use Of New Style In Old Art” and runner-up for “Best New Visual Artist”. Don’t Fret exhibited during this year’s Art Basel showing at SCOPE Art Fair.
In Collaboration with ACRE Projects
AS ABOVE SO BELOW
JANUARY 25 – JANUARY 31, 2013
Opening Reception: January 25 from 8-10PM
Gallery Hours: By Appointment Only
Connecting with nature and spirituality through process and invented ritual is the driving force within both Lauren Payne and Erin Washington’s work. Their processes intersect with a mutual desire to question the unknown. Presenting new works based upon the collaborators’ return to ACRE, As Above So Below will focus on where these disparate methodologies converge.
Erin Washington embraces materiality and labor to examine themes of vulnerability and permanence. Questioning how time structures transitions in ephemera, she creates mixed-media paintings, drawings, and sculptures which unravel time through the performance of their making, and their subsequent degradation. Erin employs fugitive and symbolic materials such as blackberries, lemon-juice, fire, ashes, moss, sugar, bone and saliva. Colors fade or pigments are burned: and the resulting objects emulate the cycles they describe. Her actions and products are in a constant state of flux, highlighting the disharmony between meaning, beauty, and a fundamentally messy universe. However, the temporality of the work’s making counters ambivalence; the immediate process and present-ness the work demands eclipses uncertainty…for the moment. Erin Washington received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Selected exhibitions include MDW fair, Julius Caesar, Murdertown, Columbia College NY, and Zolla Lieberman. More information atwww.erinwashington.com
Lauren Payne’s desire to connect is steeped in creating site-specific happenings and rituals in aims of thrusting the content beyond the personal pursuit of connection into a new mythological context by creating a space for shared experiences. Her work aims to illuminate a new understanding of the metaphysical through photography, video and daily performances. Lauren Payne received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010. Selected Exhibitions include: ACRE in Miami, Design District, Miami, Florida; My Apocalypse, Hungerford Building, Rochester; Hammes/ Payne, New Capital, Chicago, Is This Thing On, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; Magic > Nature False Front, Portland; White Lodge, High Concept Laboratories, Chicago; Out of the Woods, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit; Lauren Payne lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. www.laurenpayne.com
GRAFTS & RUPTURES: NEW WORK BY JORDAN MARTINS
JANUARY 19 – FEBRUARY 12, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 19 from 7-10PM
2557 W North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Gallery Hours: 10-4, M-F
Chicago based visual artist Jordan Martins will exhibit new collage and mixed media work at Rational Park from January 19th until February 12th. Martins’ work features intuitively crafted worlds of candy-like bold color, vintage imagery and contrasting textures. Much like the spaceships and comic book hero drawings from his youth which built up complicated surfaces and rippled muscles through brute repetition, Martins’ collages create a space where new visual languages can develop and take shape. By manipulating and layering each fragment, he builds up to a larger, more captivating form. This multidimensional mashup results in wonderful tension between the chaos of the larger composition and the orderly, contained details of collage.
The title of one recent series, Ghost Nets, references a phenomenon in which fishing net scraps co-join in the ocean to form unruly conglomerations that both create provisional ecosystems and entrap and suffocate sea life–an apt metaphor for the images within the collage that take on new meaning when bound together with other images while remaining ensnared by their previous associations. Martins’s Ghost Nets are punctuated by bold shapes and patterns with whirling, dripping masses floating atop muted painted backdrops that possess a suspended quality like the nomadic, detritus-bound sea communities for which this series is named.
Live musical performance by: Ben Babbitt
For more information regarding this exhibition or about Rational Park, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Collaboration with ACRE Projects:
Andrew Mausert-Mooney’s Studio Audience (WEATHER PATTERNS)
JANUARY 11 – 16, 2013
Opening Reception: January 11, 2013 from 8-10PM
Gallery Hours: By Appointment Only
Join Andrew Mausert-Mooney and collaborators* on January 11th for an evening of cinematic vivisection.
**On one end of the gallery there is a set. An actor performs a series of gestures amidst props, camera persons, a musician, projected backdrops and a studio audience. Simultaneously, at the other end of the gallery, the resulting video piece (WEATHER PATTERNS) – restricted by frame, dismissive of scale, married by cut – is presented via live feed on a monitor.
The performance repeats, like a voice pronouncing a word until only sound can be heard, for the duration of the opening. At the end of the night a single iteration of the video is selected to run, opposite the empty set, for the remainder of the show.
This opening is produced in collaboration with ACRE Projects.
Andrew Mausert-Mooney (b. 1986) is a Chicago-based artist working with 16mm film,video, performance and installation. Andrew’s work has showed in festivals, galleries and exhibition series around the world including the American Film Institute, CineVegas, Chicago Underground, Gallery 400, the Sullivan Gallery and Other Cinema. He recently received his MFA from the University of Illinois-Chicago in the Spring of 2012.
*Kimberly Christian, Edward Dignan, Marriana Milhorat, and Tim Nickodemus
**As a preview of the work, the artist has provided the above information.