Disappear Here: New Work by Heather Gabel & Matt Skiba
October 4 – October 25, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, October 4th from 7-10pm
Johalla Projects is pleased to announce Disappear Here, an exhibition of new work from artist Heather Gabel, in collaboration with longtime friend and Alkaline Trio front man Matt Skiba. The exhibition will feature mixed media collage and painting, as well as a short film produced and directed by Gabel and scored by Skiba.
The pair’s work, like their friendship, is divinely cohesive and seemingly created in tandem when, in actuality, the two live thousands of miles apart. Skiba’s contribution to the works on paper is reactionary to the mystical pretense of Gabel’s illusory imagery, while his accompaniment to the film is inspired solely by his internal deconstruction of a single photographic environment that transcends both space and time. In this sense, the resulting works are reflective and serene.
Disappear Here endeavors to exile the viewer to a meditative place of solitude that hangs heavy with a duality that is at once alienating and self-affirming. The pieces represent the genesis, completion, and infinite nature of a past, a present, and a future in full command of the power to continually re-manifest itself. The result is deliberate, impenetrable – a fortress of the self, strengthened by the alchemies of birth and death.
The exhibition will also feature limited edition prints and apparel available for purchase. A supplementary event – our next iteration of POCKET CHANGE: A PUBLIC ARTS FUNDRAISING SERIES – will be held at at THE EMPTY BOTTLE on Saturday, October 5th.
For more information about this exhibition or about POCKET CHANGE, please contact Anna Cerniglia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Johalla Projects is excited to announce that we have moved to a new space in the Hubbard Street Lofts, located at 1821 W Hubbard Street, Suite 110, Chicago, IL 60622. With added help from Aimee Quinkert, Emily Barney and Michael Pedersen, we will continue to be dedicated to our mission of presenting emerging and contemporary art.
Anna Cerniglia founded Johalla Projects in the fall of 2009 as a live/work project space, and, in a year, it grew into a full-fledged gallery space. We have had many wonderful experiences on Milwaukee Avenue; but, thanks to our artists and patrons, Johalla Projects, once again, needs to expand. Though we are sad to leave our home in the heart of Wicker Park, we will still have a presence in the community: our application for the Adopt The Station program is in progress, and Anna Cerniglia remains on the Wicker Park Arts Committee. We look forward to having a larger space that will better showcase our artists’ work, as well as having The Post Family and Spudnik Press among our new neighbors.
Our first event in our new space will be on October 7th with a reception of work by Heather Gabel and a retrospective of her work with Alkaline Trio, in honor of their 15-year anniversary. We hope to see you there.