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


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About johallaprojects

Johalla Projects was established in the fall of 2009 by Anna Cerniglia as a venue for emerging and mid-career artists. Located in Chicago's West Town neighborhood, Johalla Projects is a collective space collaborating with artists, writers, and curators. In addition to presenting exhibitions in its gallery space, Johalla works to organize and execute public art projects in neighborhoods across the city of Chicago. Every exhibition and project undergoes a thoughtful selection process, assuring that each show presented by Johalla Projects is comprised of the finest contemporary work.

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