Archive | March 2011


Reception: Friday, April 29th, 7–10 pm

Johalla Projects
1561 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622


White Mystery unifies music, performance, and design by Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White. Equal parts band and brand, their songs manifest on vinyl, CDs, and digital media. Each work is a collaboration with photographer Diane Alexander White, who also leads the design team with hand-printed merchandise for sale at performances, online and in galleries.

Hand-dyed, block-printed v-neck shirts and mid-rise briefs are the signature merchandise of WHITE MYSTERY. Produced exclusively for the Johalla Projects debut of WHITE MYSTERY ART SHOW is a collection of one-of-a-kind pieces that transform the colorful energy of rock ‘n’ roll into instantly wearable, intimate art. Each piece is unique, handmade, and signed by White Mystery in Chicago, USA.

This show represents White Mystery as an independent, artistic expression through graphic design, print-making, music and video. Miss Alex White is a 25-year old musician, her partner and brother Francis Scott Key White is 23-years old, the photographer/graphic designer is Diane Alexander White, and their School of the Art Institute intern is Saraswati Jasmine.

Watch the evolution of bold, legible design, and patterns in the art created for albums Miss Alex White & Chris Playboy, Miss Alex White & the Red Orchestra, Hot Machines, The Red Lights, The Spits, and the Dirges.

The aesthetic of White Mystery includes photography, design and one-of-a-kind printmaking that connects music to the visual arts.

Sponsored by Old Style + BLAST


“A Variety of Fits” recent paintings & drawings by Adam Grossi

Subtle Body Drawing (Drawing #4), 10” x 12”, acrylic ink, pencil, and colored pencil on paper, 2011

A Variety of Fits new paintings & drawings by Adam Grossi

Reception: Friday, April 8th, 6–9 pm
Daytime hours: Wednesday & Thursday, April 6th and 7th, 12–5 pm

Johalla Projects
1561 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

A Variety of Fits is an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Adam Grossi. Grossi’s work is a soft, fleshy underbelly to normative culture’s rational exoskeleton. Through the prisms of mundane objects – piles of t-shirts, rolling clouds, and suburban fashion models – the disparate works in this exhibition cohere into a fractured vision of what it feels like to cloak one’s consciousness in the pleasantries of normalcy.

Adam Grossi is an artist who relies heavily on images and words, which usually take shape as paintings and texts, though occasionally become other things. He hails from Reston, Virginia, one of the country’s first suburban environments to manifest from the utopian spirit of “new town” development. The triumphs and failures of Reston’s intentional landscape have formed a kind of locus for his creative practice, which relies on reading, interpreting, and reconfiguring the meaning embedded in the conventions and rhetoric of American middle-class culture. Adam received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon in 2003 and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009.


Don’t forget to check out our online catalog of artists on under “STAFF + ARTISTS.”

LAUNCH PARTY: Online Gallery

Brian Sorg Untitled from Along the Way 2009

Johalla Projects is pleased to announce the launch of our new online gallery and release party on Friday, March 25. We have selected a handful of artists active in our exhibitions and public works projects to share their visions through our website. Though we are not directly representing these artists, all works featured on our site are available for purchase. To view the online gallery go to and at the homepage click on “STAFF + ARTISTS.”

Artists Include: Todd Diederich, Ryan Duggan, Ron Ewert, Christopher Fischer, Aron Gent, Rick Leech, Melissa Marinaro, Maureen Peabody, Joseph Rynkiewicz, Brian Sorg, Julia Stotz and many more…

Launch Party:
Friday, March 25, 2011, 7-10pm
Johalla Projects
1561 N. Milwaukee

“Wild Card” Interviews

JBTV interviewed at Johalla Projects for our Wild Card exhibition and we finally found them!

Check out JBTV for Tobias Jeg’s interviews of Director Anna Cerniglia, as well as Ryan Duggan, Chris McCaughan of Lawrence Arms,  Derek Grant of Alkaline Trio, Rick Leech, Heather Gabel, and Myles Smutney.

“Talking With Fear About Dying Tomorrow” Photos

Photos of Matt Austin’s solo show Talking With Fear About Dying Tomorrow

Wall text with Newsprint stacks

Leaving through the back door (first photograph of the trip), 6×9” Silver Gelatin Print

School Window, 16×20” Archival Digital Inkjet Print

“Boner”, 16×22” Archival Digital Inkjet Print

K”, 10×12” Archival Digital Inkjet Print (above)

Kristy from Fargo, 16×22” Archival Digital Inkjet Print (below)

Civil War Photograph, 32×40” Archival Digital Inkjet Print

“Cruz is gay”, 40×32” Archival Digital Inkjet Print

Tattoo, 16×24” Archival Digital Inkjet Print

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“Talking With Fear About Dying Tomorrow” Press

Matt Austin’s Talking With Fear About Dying Tomorrow exhibition got reviewed in Gapers Block Matthew Austin at Johalla Projects, and mentioned in Chicago Art Review Weekend Preview – on three.

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