Ryan Duggan: Low-Dose No-Doz
September 6 – September 30, 2013
Johalla Projects is very excited to announce Ryan Duggan: Low-Dose No-Doz, its second solo exhibition with Chicago-based artist Ryan Duggan. The exhibition will run from SEPTEMBER 6 to SEPTEMBER 30. Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, September 6 from 7-10pm.
Ryan Duggan’s work is keenly informed by the oddity of the everyday. Often fueled by his appreciation of signage and text, Duggan utilizes advertising strategies to subvert a traditionally informative message into something more intriguing or surprising. In this sense, Duggan challenges notions of purpose in visual communication and suggests an alternative way of “looking.”
For Low-Dose No-Doz, Duggan’s new works are simple yet bold, employing imagery and language that weave a common thread of confusion, depravity, and disinterest. In some moments, his seemingly spliced phrases tinker on the edge of absurdity, forcing the viewer to create his or her own unreasonable narrative in response. This approach, paired with Duggan’s stylistic typographical choices, hearkens to artists like Ed Ruscha, whose characteristic deadpan representations mask more complex issues or ideas.
In a more physical context, Duggan’s methods of making become highly visible – balancing between production-based sign making, traditional approaches to painting, and transformed found objects or sculptures. This melding of materials further disassociates the immediacy of advertisement-based language from its conventional form while simultaneously projecting a bizarre sense of nostalgia for a less-complicated era of communication.
RYAN DUGGAN is an artist and printmaker working in Chicago, Illinois. His work spans a number of mediums but carries a common tonality and visual aesthetic culled from American advertising, design, and signage. Duggan studied advertising in college and currently splits his time between making art and screen-printing under the moniker Drug Factory Press.
For more information, please contact Anna Cerniglia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, August 24th from 6-8:30PM
The Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Ave.
CHICAGO — Johalla Projects is pleased to introduce POCKET CHANGE, an ongoing fundraising event series designed to benefit public arts projects in various neighborhoods of Chicago. The launch event at The Empty Bottle will take place this Saturday, August 24th from 6-8:30PM at the Empty Bottle at 1035 North Western Avenue. The event will enable street artist Don’t Fret to produce a neighborhood mural. $5 admission includes a PBR and DJ sets by local slow jams party Slo ‘Mo.
It’s no surprise funding is a constant concern for many artists and public art projects. POCKET CHANGE aims to raise money for public arts projects in Chicago in a more accessible setting infused with entertainment and visual art.Each event at The Empty Bottle will cost $5 for admission, includes a complimentary PBR, and features a music performance. All money collected at the door will go directly to the event’s featured artist to produce a public art piece in Chicago.
The next events in the series will take place October 5th (featuring artists Heather Gabel and Matt Skiba) and November 16th (featuring artist Ryan Duggan).Johalla Projects is grateful to have support from its partners in this venture, including Empty Bottle, PBR, Alderman Joe Moreno, and Slo ‘Mo.
RSVP on Facebook or pre-buy tickets here: https://www.facebook.com/events/637637549581773/
Tickets are also available at the door.
Keep an eye out for upcoming POCKET CHANGE events and information at http://www.johallaprojects.com.
|LOLLAPALOOZA ENLISTS JOHALLA PROJECTS TO CREATE MURALS FOR ENTRANCE-WAY TO PERRY’S STAGE
(Chicago, IL, August 2-4, 2013) – Johalla Projects is collaborating with Lollapalooza to create large-scale murals on this year’s entrance-way to Perry’s stage at the 2013 festival in Grant Park.
A shipping container at the entrance-way to the Perry’s stage section will feature murals from artist Ryan Travis Christian and a collaboration between Don’t Fret, CZR PRZ, and Brooks Golden.
This project marks Johalla Projects’ latest effort in their ongoing mission to expose the public to art outside the gallery walls. By showcasing murals at Lollapalooza, Johalla Projects is pleased to bring different artists together for a collaboration that will be viewed by such a large public audience.
For more information about this project, contact us at email@example.com.