Archive | March 2013

Johalla Projects Presents TODD DIEDERICH: LUMINOUS FLUX

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TODD DIEDERICH: LUMINOUS FLUX

APRIL 5 – APRIL 28, 2013 
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5 from 7-10pm

Johalla Projects is pleased to announce TODD DIEDERICH: LUMINOUS FLUX, its first solo exhibition with Chicago photographer Todd Diederich. The exhibition will run from APRIL 5 to APRIL 28. Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, April 5 from 7-10pm.

Todd Diederich’s photographs are cultural artifacts. The consummate anthropologist, Diederich spends time laboriously patrolling the city streets, using the camera as a method of transcription and interpretation. In its barest sense, LUMINOUS FLUX functions as an excuse to deliberate the perplexing, often bizarre personality that is Chicagoland. However, while each of Diederich’s photographs can serve as a literal document, as viewers we are transported to a different place – one bursting with character, color, and peculiarity. Claiming inspiration from the “energy sources throughout the cosmos”, Diederich has a knack for finding the pulse of the moment. It is with this very same capacity that he truly captures the flux, often discovering the very essence of human interaction and emotion. In this sense, Diederich’s LUMINOUS FLUX seizes the transformative moments of impulse and provides an opportunity to contemplate the fleeting.

TODD DIEDERICH: Creator, inventor, and channeler working through photographic imagery, digital video, and anything else that can leave a mark. Diederich is a former VICE magazine contributor and a 2010 Propeller Fund awardee. In addition to a 2011 solo exhibition at ACRE Projects, Diederich’s work has been featured in Oyster magazine, Paper Magazine, Complex, Design Bureau and the Chicago Reader. A monograph entitled Luminous Flux is soon to be released. Currently runswww.BeOddDieRich.com.

For more information, please contact Anna Cerniglia at johallaprojects@gmail.com.

In Collaboration with Filter Photo Festival: ARCHETYPE DRIFT

JOHALLA PROJECTS & FILTER PHOTO FESTIVAL  present:

ARCHETYPE DRIFT: NEW METHODS OF PHOTOGRAPHIC MAKING

MARCH 6 – 23, 2013

Opening Reception: March 6, 2013 from 5-8pm

“The illiterate of the future will be the person ignorant of the use of the camera as well as the pen.” -Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

Photography can be a painful mirror.

Because of its illustrative tendencies and mnemonic capacities, photography enables us to tell the stories we want to tell with a hammer that is the frame. What happens when the medium gets in the way of the most important narratives?

Photography can be a seductive enabler that, at its worst, allows us to fetishize, beautify, and conduct shallow investigations. Meanwhile, paradigmatic changes in history and culture metastasize alongside new technological ways to make, edit, and distribute images. Are photographers pushing envelopes of meaning and relevance? Are they even keeping pace?

With the ubiquity of images high and low, how does an image-maker create cultural value in 2013?

Archetype Drift is a call for new methods of photographic making, editing, and presentation.  It is a call for risk taking, chance operations, relabeling, and letting go of the comfortable.  It is in itself an experiment and a (momentary) mirror.

This exhibition is presented by Filter Photo Festival and Johalla Projects concurrently with the Society for Photographic Education’s (SPE) 2013 National Conference.  Archetype Drift is juried by internationally-renowned artist, curator, writer, and educator Jason Lazarus.

Participating Artists Include:

Nick Albertson, Hiba Ali, Ben Alper, Zak Arctander, Patricia Azevedo and Clare Charnley, Shannon Benine, Bill Berger, Clarissa Bonet, Dan Bradica, Molly Brandt, Kevin Buzzell, Malina Chavez, Jeremiah Chiu, Peter Happel Christian, Emily Clayton, Alex De Leong, Brooks Dierdorff, Lauren Edwards, AnnieLaurie Erickson, Ben Gilberg, Hans Gindlesberger, James T. Green, Kate Hampel, Jessica Harvey, Robert Heishman, Jon Horvath, Julie Jones, Jason Judd, Natalie Krick, Elliott Mickleburgh, Laura Newlon, Kate O’Neill, David Oresick, Vesna Pavlovic, Dan Paz, George P. Perez, David Politzer, Oli Rodriguez, Logan Rollins, Greg Ruffing, Jordan Schulman, Luke Shaw, Jamie Steele, D.E. Todd, Julie Leah Weber, Kevin Barrett Weil, and Nicole White.

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