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 email@example.com.
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.
November 3rd, 2012 — December 1st, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 3, 7-11 PM
Gallery Hours: By appointment only
Nowhere is an ambiguous yet ubiquitous space. It is woven into our civic and commercial landscape as irresponsible and irrelevant decoration. In these images, we see spaces that we move through every day but rarely acknowledge for their functional purpose or aesthetic value. How we engage with these spaces speaks to how we neglectfully pass through our own culture and cities and more importantly our interactions with one another.
Through these photographs, Ian explores the ironic and garish nature of what surrounds us. By drawing the viewer into the banal and confronting the illusion that these environments are important and of interest, the mirage quickly dissolves, unveiling impotence and benign ornamentation.
Those promising paths that once led us forward, reaching into the horizon, have been cleared away and accessorized. Following the rhythm of Progress, our civic body ceaselessly expands and the horizon draws near—collapsing in on us— as it becomes clear that we have arrived nowhere in particular.
About the artist: Ian J. Whitmore was born and raised in Nebraska. He earned his BFA at University of Nebraska–Lincoln and later his MFA at Indiana University–Bloomington.
He has exhibited work nationally; most recently at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, the Chicago Cultural Center, University of Mary Washington, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, and the South Bend Regional Museum of Art.
A former Adjunct Instructor in the Photography Department at Columbia College, Ian is now an Assistant Professor of Art at Portland State University in Oregon.
Ian is currently engaged in a long-term artist book project titled Onomasticon: A Vocabulary for Nowhere derived from the body of work you see in this installation.
For more information, contact Anna Cerniglia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.