Archive | November 2010

As murals go up, Johalla Projects’ visibility increases…

This past weekend Johalla Projects and two groups of artists started working on murals in Wicker Park and Logan Square. This has been a long process with the artists and community and we are very proud to be working towards finishing these amazing projects. We would like to thank the artists Nick Adam and Thor working on the Logan Square mural and Ron Ewert and Dustin Ruegger working on the Wicker Park mural. Finally we would like to thank Lauren Viera for writing such an amazing and encouraging article! These murals will be in progress through the holiday weekend so please come by and take a look and give us a few words of encouragement!,0,833450.story

Visit our website for more information on the murals.


100 Polaroids Book Release Party, 11.19.10

Johalla Projects is excited to host the release party for 100 Polaroids, Patrick Sansone’s new book of photographs.  This past summer, we exhibited Sansone’s polaroids in the Art of Touring; these images were the product of years of travel with his band, Wilco, that begun as a therapeutic activity to relieve the stress of touring. Though untrained as a photographer, his compositions reflect the vernacular style of Walker Evans and Amy Stein and present a conceptual landscape of America as seen through Sansone’s eye.

Please join us on Friday, November 19, 2010, 8-12pm to celebrate the release of 100 Polaroids and view the photographs from the text. Copies of 100 Polaroids will be for sale and Sansone will available to sign them.  First 150 signed and numbered. Foreword by Nels Cline. Polaroids are not for sale, but reprints may be purchased.

Drew Griffith and Matthew Whiting:I Don’t Feel at Home in this World

Drew Griffith and Matthew Whiting
Opening Friday November 5, 7-11pm
November 5 – November 28, 2010
Johalla Projects
1561 N. Milwaukee 2nd Floor

Matthew Whiting Resurrection Meteor 2010         Drew Griffith The Silent Tears of the Albacore 2009

Brought on by a prevailing sense of existential calamity, I Don’t Feel At Home In This World addresses both a personal and cultural proclivity towards the end of time. The images depicted by Drew Griffith and Matthew Whiting are like hallucinogenic visions forecasting an impending cataclysm. Through a series of drawings, paintings, and sculptural objects, a linear narrative is constructed weaving these visions together. The fabricated worlds depicted in these works are grounded in reality through the inclusion of customary objects from our own world. The images are rife with the structures synonymous with humans – ships, airplanes, temples, graveyards – but they are all empty. The resulting void is inviting, but speaks of an unseen ominous presence. Opening reception for this exhibition is November 5, 2010 from 7-11pm and runs through November 28, 2010 at Johalla Projects 1561 N Milwaukee 2nd Floor.

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