Archive | April 2011

Johalla Projects and The Post Family at NEXT 2011

Johalla Projects is pleased to announce its showcase in NEXT: The Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art. We will be sharing a booth with The Post Family in the Goffo section near row 600. Come find us!

Johalla Projects will be featuring work by:
Caitlin Arnold
Ryan Duggan
Christopher Fischer
Aron Gent
James Jankowiak
Chad Kouri
Alexis Rose

The Post Family will be featuring work by:
Rod Hunting
Alex Fuller
Scott Thomas

You’ll find a stellar assortment of original Family books, prints and more for sale.

Preview: Thursday, April 28, 2011 5:00-9:00pm
Open: April 29 – May 2, 2011
Fri – Sat: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Mon: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Merchandise Mart
350 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL


Sneak Preview: Our booth at MDW Fair

This lovely installation piece is by Alexis Rose. Our MDW booth also includes work by Ryan Duggan and Christopher Fischer. Stop by this Saturday and Sunday, we’re on the 2nd floor at booth #211!

MDW Art Fair 2011

April 23, 1-10pm and April 24, 1-5pm
3636 South Iron Street – Chicago, Illinois

Thanks for the mention Alderman Joe Moreno!

Alderman Joe Moreno was interviewed by The Onion’s AV Club and gave us a shout out. Check it out here!

Selections from

Work from our online gallery. Check it out by going to and clicking “STAFF + ARTISTS.”

Caitlin Arnold – Untitled Portrait 2009

Melissa Marinaro – Dodson on Dodson 2011

Dalia Amara – Coffinbox 2010

Kristen Stokes – 13 Emissions 2011

Alex Getz – #232 2010

Alexis Rose – House Keeping 2010

Aron Gent – Basement (Cabin) 2009

Brian Sorg – New Muscles 2009

Christopher Fischer – Dreams of Soft Pretzel

Heather Gabel – True Devotion is Unwavering

Joseph Rynkiewicz – Lucky Star 2010

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Saint Alfred Presents: Don’t Let Fear Rule Your Life!

Don’t Let Fear Rule Your Life! – April 15, 2011 – 7 – 10 pm

“Don’t Let Fear Rule Your Life,” the first show of a quarterly series by Saint Alfred. With the intention of displaying new talent, Saint Alfred teamed up with Johalla Projects, a gallery located in the Wicker Park area of Chicago. Started in 2009 Johalla was established as a venue for emerging and mid-career artists.

On the evening of April 15th we will introduce three photographers, Adam Jason Cohen, Roy Gardiner, and David Rasool Robinson. Each with specific styles developed during their career, these photographers have yearned for an exhibition to display their passion.

Since discontinuing the pursuit of his BFA, Adam Cohen has extensively travelled the United States in search of examining the contemporary landscape of leisure and recreation. He has moved from the New York metropolitan area to Boston, and back again, and has finally settled in Chicago this fall. He has plans to see this body of work through until he feels it is completed and ready to be published as a monograph.

Roy Gardiner has perfected a style all his own within concert photography highlighting his chameleon vision as both musical admirer and performer. As a photographer and documentarian, this Chicago native captures and transmutes images as an interpretation of his reality. Trained on his father’s Minolta X-7a, this self-taught artist, began shooting as a favor to his crew. Networking and communicating with an assortment of promoters afforded him the opportunity to remain behind the lens. Specializing in music and concert photography was a natural evolution as he honed his craft recording the community of artists and musicians during the height of the independent hip-hop era of the mid to late 2000’s.

David Rasool Robinson is a self-taught photographer based in Chicago. Seeking to understand the motivations behind people’s behavior he originally was a psychology student at The University of Illinois at Chicago. Around this time David began using photography as a means to further explore his curiosity in regards to human behavior. Having ended his studies at UIC, David briefly transferred to Columbia College but ultimately found that real world trial and error would be the best way for him to hone his craft and find his voice. David’s work primarily focuses on candid portraiture; he seeks to honestly capture his subject while still respecting their personal space and private moments.

Saint Alfred is an independent apparel brand that was introduced in 2005 as a boutique on Milwaukee Avenue. Now one of the top brands in its industry, Saint Alfred intends to retain global awareness while pushing the creativity in the Chicagoland area.

Michael Vorel

Johalla Projects
1561 North Milwaukee Avenue
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60622

We’ll be there – The MDW Fair: visual arts landing in Chicago

Public Media Institute, Roots & Culture and threewalls have created The MDW Fair, a first annual gathering of independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries, publishers and artist groups from the Chicago metropolitan area and beyond. With over 50 participants, The MDW Fair demonstrates the diversity, strength and vision of the people and places that make up the rich art ecology of our region. Launched at Version 11: The Communit…y, The MDW Fair is a rare chance to encounter the creators of the vibrant art ecology of our region.

Held April 23-24, 2011 at The Geolofts, 3636 S. Iron Street, Chicago, the fair features 501(c)3, commercial and unincorporated galleries, independent curatorial projects, publishers and media groups in over 25,000 square feet of exhibition space that includes a 8,000 square foot sculpture garden with work by local artists.

In addition to exhibitions by participating spaces, local podcasters Bad At Sports will host a live game-show and panel discussions will be scheduled throughout fair hours chaired by Britton Bertran, Jamilee Polson, Lorelei Stewart and Steve Ruiz.

The MDW Fair is a manifestation of the collective spirit behind the region’ s most innovative visual cultural organizers, focusing on the breadth of work done here by artists and arts-facilitators alike. Please join us and see why Chicago remains a center of ingenuity and talent. Participants include: 2nd Bedroom/TAG TEAM, 65GRAND, ACRE, Adds Donna, Alderman Exhibitions, Antena, Bad At Sports, Chicago Arts Review, The Cultural Center, Devening Projects, ebersmoore, Flat 9 Prelude, Green Gallery, Harold Arts, Heaven Gallery, The Hills Esthetic Center, Hornswaggler, Iceberg Projects, JNL Graphic Design, The Hyde Park Art Center, Johalla Projects, Lloyd Dobler, LVL3, Monument 2, No Coast, Oxbow, Packer Schopf Gallery, Pentagon Gallery, Peregrine Program, Post Family, Rebuild Foundation and The Chicago Urban Art Society, Regional Relationships, Reuben Kincaid, Roots & Culture, Roxaboxen, Sidecar Gallery, Slow, Stockyard Institute, The Storefront, The Suburban, threewalls, Twelve Galleries, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Linda Warren Gallery, Western Exhibitions, What It Is, ZG Gallery.

Adam Grossi’s “A Variety of Fits” Photos

Photos of Adam Grossi’s solo show A Variety of Fits.

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