Archive | February 2013

Johalla Projects Presents the YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL Project at 35 Denton Music Festival

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JOHALLA PROJECTS AND “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL” PROJECT HEAD TO 35 DENTON MUSIC FESTIVAL

MARCH 7 – MARCH 10, 2013

35 DENTON MUSIC FESTIVAL 


DENTON, TEXAS

This year, the 5th annual 35 Denton Music Festival will feature a large-scale art installation by artist Matthew Hoffman, produced by Johalla Projects. The 100 foot long sculpture reads “You Are Beautiful” in 8 foot tall wooden letters on the roof of the Dan’s Silverleaf music venue in downtown Denton, Texas.

Ten years ago, Hoffman quietly started a simple sticker campaign called “You Are Beautiful” with 100 stickers. Since then, over a half million stickers have traveled around the world and the campaign has evolved into block long murals, public installations, and exhibitions at cultural institutions involving thousands of artists. The campaign’s history is rich, but the message remains clear, “Stay strong, and never forget: You Are Beautiful.”

This collaboration is Johalla Projects’ latest effort in their ongoing mission to expose the public to art outside the gallery walls. By showcasing Hoffman’s message at the festival, Johalla Projects hopes to foster 35 Denton’s belief in an intimate exchange between artist and attendee that cultivates a bond within the community.

For more information, please contact Director Anna Cerniglia or Press Manager Jaclyn Mellini at johallaprojects@gmail.com.

 
 

Heather Gabel: SACRED CIRCLES at the CTA Damen Blue Line Station

HEATHER GABEL: SACRED CIRCLES AT THE DAMEN BLUE LINE

February 15 – May 1, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 16th from 7-10PM at Rational Park
Rational Park
2557 W. North Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60647
Please join us on February 16th from 7-10PM at Rational Park for an opening reception to celebrate the work of Heather Gabel being exhibited at the Damen Blue Line stop in Wicker Park. Gabel’s work is comprised of visually fantastic situations that are not based in reality, but rather, chance associations constructed in the far reaching corners of her mind. Her work is at once nostalgic and timeless, cleverly juxtaposing classic imagery with clean, stark lines and cutting irony. Her five newest works created specifically for the CTA and Damen Blue Line stop, in conjunction with Johalla Projects, uphold the same sentiments while continually expounding upon her personal aesthetic. These latest compositions echo the beauty and mystery of the past, while the collage component creates an almost dark or bewitching element. These sacred circles she has created draw heavily upon ancient energies to form a sacred space, providing a meditative form of magical protection, rich with spiritual significance.The reception will feature prints and t-shirts of the original works being exhibited, as well as the original pieces that will be installed at the Blue Line stop available for sale.HEATHER GABEL (b. 1977)
Experienced in many mediums, she combines painting, collage, and photography in a unique fashion to create iconic images that have a lasting visual impact on viewers. Currently living and working in St. Augustine, Florida, Gabel has exhibited her work across the country and around the globe.

Johalla Projects Presents: DON’T FRET — Love in the Time of Online Dating

DON’T FRET: Love in the Time of Online Dating

FEBRUARY 8 – FEBRUARY 27, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, February 8 from 7-10PM

Gallery Hours: By Appointment Only

While many street artists seem to promote a blatantly rebellious or anti-authoritarian sentiment, Don’t Fret’s work is charming and blithe with hopeful undertones. A satirist and comedian, Don’t Fret can, through his work, make almost anything lighthearted and humorous by simply dictating the context. His almost poetic text overstates the obvious while his bright imagery and oddball characters set the scene.

His latest show, Love in the Time of Online Dating, will utilize his visual rhetoric and colorful characters to help create new landscapes that pointedly communicate the sometimes obnoxiously stereotypical goings on of everyday city life. The show will also include some conceptual and interactive pieces, as well as select pieces that were on view during the 2012 Scope Fair in Miami.

Don’t Fret is a human from Chicago. Known for his quirky and colorful characters, his work has graced walls in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Miami, Sao Paulo, Berlin, Prague, and Munich in the form of wheat pastes and murals. Don’t Fret was part of the Chicago Readers “Best of Chicago 2011″ winning “Best Use Of New Style In Old Art” and runner-up for “Best New Visual Artist”. Don’t Fret exhibited during this year’s Art Basel showing at SCOPE Art Fair.

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