Johalla Projects Presents JESSICA TAYLOR CAPONIGRO: BLACK DAMP

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JESSICA TAYLOR CAPONIGRO: BLACK DAMP

MAY 11 – JUNE 2, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11 from 7-10PM

Gallery Hours: By Appointment Only

Johalla Projects is pleased to announce Jessica Taylor Caponigro: Black Damp, its first solo exhibition with Chicago artist Jessica Taylor Caponigro. The exhibition is curated by Aimee Quinkert. It will run from MAY 11 to JUNE 2. Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday, May 11 from 7-10pm.

Jessica Taylor Caponigro’s creative process explores a fascination with the vague familiarity of repetition in prosaic materials. While many of the patterns found within her work seem recognizable on a level, the themes are quite intimate and coexist with both the work’s accessibility and the artist’s personal experiences.

Black Damp examines the patterns and narrative situations translated by the film adaptation of a particular piece of literature. For example, DH Lawrence’s classic Sons and Lovers is partially responsible for some of these pieces, as they eclipse specific scenes and become more about the integral life experiences of the characters, as well as those of both the audience and the artist. The literal definition of the term “black damp” is “a non-explosive mine gas that cannot support life or flame.” Had one read Lawrence’s text or had an in-depth conversation with Caponigro about her upbringing and the historical context of the town in which she was raised, the underlying themes would be obviously parallel. Her deliberate choices affect the viewer’s perception, providing that each individual who encounters it has a somewhat communal, but uniquely distinct experience.

JESSICA TAYLOR CAPONIGRO – Before receiving her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jessica Taylor Caponigro attended Bryn Mawr College where she earned her BA in the History of Art. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Olive Harvey College, and Spudnik Press. She is currently an adjunct instructor at Harold Washington College. Jessica was the Spudnik Press Summer Artist in Residence and has been a resident artist at ACRE on two separate occasions. In addition to solo and group shows in Chicago, her work has been exhibited in Long Beach, Philadelphia, and Rome. Her work is in the permanent collections at California State University-Long Beach and the Joan Flasch Artists’ Books Collection. She was also featured in Johalla Projects’Wow-House group show. This is her first solo exhibition with the gallery.

In addition to the pieces on exhibit, there will also be limited edition prints available for sale during the opening reception.

For more information, please contact Anna Cerniglia at johallaprojects@gmail.com.

Johalla Projects Presents TODD DIEDERICH: LUMINOUS FLUX

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TODD DIEDERICH: LUMINOUS FLUX

APRIL 5 – APRIL 28, 2013 
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5 from 7-10pm

Johalla Projects is pleased to announce TODD DIEDERICH: LUMINOUS FLUX, its first solo exhibition with Chicago photographer Todd Diederich. The exhibition will run from APRIL 5 to APRIL 28. Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, April 5 from 7-10pm.

Todd Diederich’s photographs are cultural artifacts. The consummate anthropologist, Diederich spends time laboriously patrolling the city streets, using the camera as a method of transcription and interpretation. In its barest sense, LUMINOUS FLUX functions as an excuse to deliberate the perplexing, often bizarre personality that is Chicagoland. However, while each of Diederich’s photographs can serve as a literal document, as viewers we are transported to a different place – one bursting with character, color, and peculiarity. Claiming inspiration from the “energy sources throughout the cosmos”, Diederich has a knack for finding the pulse of the moment. It is with this very same capacity that he truly captures the flux, often discovering the very essence of human interaction and emotion. In this sense, Diederich’s LUMINOUS FLUX seizes the transformative moments of impulse and provides an opportunity to contemplate the fleeting.

TODD DIEDERICH: Creator, inventor, and channeler working through photographic imagery, digital video, and anything else that can leave a mark. Diederich is a former VICE magazine contributor and a 2010 Propeller Fund awardee. In addition to a 2011 solo exhibition at ACRE Projects, Diederich’s work has been featured in Oyster magazine, Paper Magazine, Complex, Design Bureau and the Chicago Reader. A monograph entitled Luminous Flux is soon to be released. Currently runswww.BeOddDieRich.com.

For more information, please contact Anna Cerniglia at johallaprojects@gmail.com.

In Collaboration with Filter Photo Festival: ARCHETYPE DRIFT

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 Presents the YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL Project at 35 Denton Music Festival

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JOHALLA PROJECTS AND “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL” PROJECT HEAD TO 35 DENTON MUSIC FESTIVAL

MARCH 7 – MARCH 10, 2013

35 DENTON MUSIC FESTIVAL 


DENTON, TEXAS

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 johallaprojects@gmail.com.

 
 

Heather Gabel: SACRED CIRCLES at the CTA Damen Blue Line Station

HEATHER GABEL: SACRED CIRCLES AT THE DAMEN BLUE LINE

February 15 – May 1, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 16th from 7-10PM at Rational Park
Rational Park
2557 W. North Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60647
Please join us on February 16th from 7-10PM at Rational Park for an opening reception to celebrate the work of Heather Gabel being exhibited at the Damen Blue Line stop in Wicker Park. Gabel’s work is comprised of visually fantastic situations that are not based in reality, but rather, chance associations constructed in the far reaching corners of her mind. Her work is at once nostalgic and timeless, cleverly juxtaposing classic imagery with clean, stark lines and cutting irony. Her five newest works created specifically for the CTA and Damen Blue Line stop, in conjunction with Johalla Projects, uphold the same sentiments while continually expounding upon her personal aesthetic. These latest compositions echo the beauty and mystery of the past, while the collage component creates an almost dark or bewitching element. These sacred circles she has created draw heavily upon ancient energies to form a sacred space, providing a meditative form of magical protection, rich with spiritual significance.The reception will feature prints and t-shirts of the original works being exhibited, as well as the original pieces that will be installed at the Blue Line stop available for sale.HEATHER GABEL (b. 1977)
Experienced in many mediums, she combines painting, collage, and photography in a unique fashion to create iconic images that have a lasting visual impact on viewers. Currently living and working in St. Augustine, Florida, Gabel has exhibited her work across the country and around the globe.

Johalla Projects Presents: DON’T FRET — Love in the Time of Online Dating

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

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

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