Archive | February 2012

Johalla Projects Presents Wow-house

Jessica Taylor Caponigro, Circus, Circus II, 2012



Johalla Projects is excited to present


March 2-25, 2o12

Opening Reception: Friday, March 2, 7-10PM

Johalla Projects

1821 West Hubbard Street, Suite 110

Chicago, IL 60622

Gallery Hours By Appointment Only

Wow-house is a group show featuring visual artists reinterpreting their esthetic through object-based mediums such as furniture and the decorative arts.  The pieces are coming down off the wall and entering the physical space for interaction and function. Anchored by the unique furniture design of Eric Johnson (Thistle Objects), this show promises to reinvent the notion of the household vernacular and showcase the selected artists within a context that they are exploring for the first time at Johalla Projects. This is not a genre or a movement. This is Wow-house.


Emanuel Aguilar

Jessica Taylor Caponigro

Eric Johnson/Thistle Objects

Chad Kouri and Ina Weise

Chiara No

Peter Skvara

Matt Sauermilch

Thom Purdy Suzumoto

David Salkin


More Great Press for Heidi Norton

Reviews and interest keep rolling in for Heidi Norton: Reasons to Cut Into the Earth! 


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Reasons to Write Into Art: On Textual Collaboration with Artist Heidi Norton


Check Out Our Current Exhibition — “Reasons to Cut Into the Earth”

Hello awesome art enthusiasts!

We have just recently updated our exhibitions page on our website with some images of our current exhibition — Heidi Norton’s Reasons to Cut Into the Earth.

Also, the show will be installed through Wednesday February 29th, with open gallery hours next Saturday and Sunday (25th-26th) from 12-5PM. Otherwise, you can view the exhibition by appointment.

Head on over to our website and check out some images of the installation HERE! 

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Check out some awesome press for tonight’s opening!


Tonight, from 7-10PM!

February 10-29, 2012

Studio visit with Heidi:


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Critic’s Pick for the Weekend:

TimeOut Chicago

Best Possible Way to Kick Off Your Weekend:


Check ‘em out! See you tonight!


For more info about REASONS TO CUT INTO THE EARTH, look below or check out


Johalla Projects Presents Heidi Norton

Castings of Rockface, Paleozoic Plateau Region, Archival Pigment Print, 42x53, 2012

Johalla Projects and ACRE Residency Presents

Heidi Norton’s Reasons to Cut Into the Earth

February 10-29th

Opening Reception: Friday, February 10th, 7-10PM

Daytime Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12-5PM, or by appointment

Johalla Projects

1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 110

Chicago, Il 60622

Reasons to cut into the earth

1. An archaeological dig: a prevalent way to recover human history is through archaeological excavation. Archaeology is a loose discipline. The methods of unearthing are scientific and restrained, but the things you look for when digging like an archaeologist are numerous and sometimes completely unknown.

2. To see what’s growing underneath. She dug holes into the earth all summer, her hair tied up in a bandana. She built a studio in the woods, using the holes she dug as molds into which she poured colored wax, capturing flowers, insects, and weeds in the viscous bright liquid. (When big chunks of glaciers get stuck in earth, they create giant pools of ice that result in holes when they melt. Geologists call these holes “kettles,” and lakes often form in these depressions.) When she was a young girl in West Virginia, she dug holes to explore the parts of the world that were just barely invisible but still attainable to her. The work that she did digging those holes was unprofessionalized and undifferentiated. She could have been looking for fossils or diamonds or evidence of human history before her.

3. A geology sample: this object contains a hidden story that helps to analyze the history of the land. Geology samples are beautiful tubes of stratified sediment, about as wide as tennis ball containers, created through special methods of drilling. You have to learn the language of the colors and textures of compacted sediment layering the cylinder to tell a story about the hidden parts of the earth. See: archaeology.

4. Quarries and mines: this is a very violent thing to do. People who are paid to do this work often die. Sometimes it creates lakes to swim in after. (She grew up swimming in a quarry, so even to this day she cannot think of quarries without the warmth of that memory coming over her.) With quarries and mines, you are looking for something valuable, for treasures that you will bring elsewhere.

5. Gardening: this is also a fairly violent way to cut into the earth, depending on what you’re gardening and whether you plan to pull it up or look at.

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In previous works Heidi uses prefabricated molds in a controlled studio environment to create geometric forms of wax and resin with plants embedded inside. In her new work, she take these traditional studio materials and cast them into the earth, layering plants and other life inside.

Above, “Page 5”, is an excerpt from a chapter in “Art in the Earth: A Field Guide from the Soil to the Studio”, an artist book that will be included in the exhibition. Heidi is collaborating on this book project with writer Monica Westin. One version, using appropriated album boxes, will take the form of an artist monograph and field guide. A second variation will be available as a limited edition artist book.

Heidi Norton, originally from Baltimore, MD received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in 2002. Her work has been exhibited all over Chicago in venues such as Monique Meloche Gallery, Dominican University, and Andrew Rafacz Gallery. Nationally and internationally, Norton’s has been exhibited at the Contemporary Art Museum in Baltimore, the Knitting Factory in New York, as well as in Los Angeles, London, and Valenica, Spain. This past year she had solo shows in San Francisco at Hungry Man Gallery, EBERSMOORE and NEIU in Chicago. Her solo exhibition at EBERSMOORE was reviewed in the September 2011 issue of Frieze. She was voted solo show of the year by New City 2011 and Top 10 Art Exhibition in Chicago  2011 by TimeOut. She is represented by EBERSMOORE.

Find Heidi Norton here and ACRE Residency here.

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