Archive | March 2012

Johalla Projects Presents James Jankowiak’s “The Profane Illumination”

“Caffeinated Consciousness”  11″ x 14″  Acrylic on masonite  2012

Profane Illumination

A Solo Show By James Jankowiak

April 6 – April 28 

Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 7-10PM

Johalla Projects

1821 West Hubbard Street, Suite 110

Chicago, IL 60622

Gallery Hours By Appointment Only

A brief history of collaboration has reached its climax in The Profane Illumination, Johalla Projects Presents…James Jankowiak. This will be James’ first solo show with the collective, but it is definitely not the perfect pair’s first time at the prom, so to speak. Over the last couple of years, Johalla Projects and James have fostered quite the artistic relationship through creative discussions, group shows at NEXT Art Fair, and media shout-outs (James’ work was most recently featured on the cover of The Reader in collaboration with Johalla Projects).

Having recognized James’ strength and fortitude as an artistic force in the vibrant Chicago arts community as far back as his graffiti days in the late 1980s, Johalla Projects acknowledged this seemingly ready-made relationship and has provided Mr. Jankowiak with the ideal platform on which to exhibit a portion of his amazing body of work and installation, including paintings that thoroughly explore the scintillating relationship between the artist’s hand, retinal reaction and the intricacy of the line with which it is connected.

While the atmosphere will be one of white walls and bright lights, Johalla Projects has never been strident on keeping their artists contained. With such community projects like commissioned murals, our display of art through our CTA innovative projects, the upcoming Pop-Up Loop adoption, and a plethora of neighborhood specific directives, the collective has always maintained its integrity and dedication to the urban artist. What better marriage than that of Johalla Projects and James Jankowiak?

For additional info about the artists or Johalla Projects, please contact Director Anna Cerniglia at



(from L to R: Zak Sally, page from Sammy the Mouse; John Porcellino, panel from King-Cat; Dale Flattum)


One Night Only

Saturday, March 24, 7pm to 11pm

Rational Park, 2557 W. North Avenue

PHYSICAL EVIDENCE, a collaboration between Johalla Projects and Rational Park, is a one-night group show celebrating the sustainability of DIY practices, featuring the work of Zak Sally, John Porcellino and Dale Flattum. The show, presented salon-style, will give viewers a chance to see the scope of the original works of art. Hand-assembled and/or printed zines, comic books, gig posters and screen-printed sculptures will be available for viewers to purchase. They are physical objects, hand-made and hand-distributed, reminders of the artistic means accessible to individuals with a desire to do it themselves.

The show will be the release event for Sally’s new comic book, SAMMY THE MOUSE, Porcellino’s latest issue of King-Cat #72, and Flattum’s TOOTH: The Graphic Art of Dale Flattum.

For more information, please contact Grace Tran at or 630/234-3992.

Jessica Taylor Caponigro at Wow-House (via Johalla Project Artists Blog)

Check out the newest post on the Johalla Projects Artist Blog to learn all about Jessica Taylor Caponigro’s work processess and inspiration as well as her recent spot in Wow-House, the current group show at the Johalla Projects!


Circus, Circus II, 2012

Check out this work in the group show Wow-House at the Johalla Projects by scheduling an appointment! The show is up until March 25th at 1821 West Hubbard Street
Suite 110 – Chicago, IL 60622

Images from “Wow-house”

Thom Purdy Suzumoto "Cow City"

Head on over to our Tumblr to see some awesome images and works from the artists participating in Wow-house. 




Also, for more information about our current exhibition Wow-house, click here!

Wow-house runs from March 2nd, 2012 — March 25th, 2012.





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