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Johalla Projects Presents Disappear Here: New Work by Heather Gabel & Matt Skiba

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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 johallaprojects@gmail.com

Johalla Projects Presents Ryan Duggan: Low-Dose No-Doz

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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 johallaprojects@gmail.com.

Johalla Projects Presents: Shannon – New Work by Recent Graduates of the Yale School of Art MFA Photography Program

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Shannon

New Work by Recent Graduates of the Yale School of Art MFA Photography Program

JULY 12 – JULY 28, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, July 12 from 7-10PM

Marzena Abrahamik
Endia Beal
Elizabeth Bick
Johanna Case-Hofmeister
Tommy Kha
Michael Marcelle
Sophie Ruspoli
Justin Schmitz
Sadie Wechler
Rick Yribe

Johalla Projects is very pleased to announce Shannon, a group exhibition of recent graduates of the Yale School of the Art MFA Photography Program. Museum of Contemporary Photography Assistant Curator Allison Grant will contribute an essay to mark the exhibition. Shannon will run from JULY 12 to JULY 28. Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, July 12 from 7-10pm.

Shannon is a collective consciousness, muse, and unifier, a mutual creation between these artists who have profoundly impacted one another. It is a way to express their individual work while, at the same time, find a commonality within their varied experiences as students and colleagues. During rigorous and constant evaluation, the artists attempt to find new ways of working through a diverse range of contemporary issues in photographic seeing.

In honor of Shannon, the artists are presenting their work out of the original context of their theses, interwoven to allow for new relationships and conversations to emerge.

The exhibition examines themes such as the necessity and risk of being in one’s own work, the transformation of the street and exploration of landscape through fantastical and optical manipulations, and the intervention of performance in both staged and nonfiction through improvisational methods of picture making.

Shannon is not necessarily a consequence or the result of their time together but rather the deep connection they all share despite their disparate approaches and practices. Shannon is this unique experience the artists leave behind as they pursue their own paths and voice.

This exhibition is a dedication to him, her, them, and us.

Shannon is being presented at the Aperture Foundation Gallery, NY from July 18 to August 15, 2013.

Generous support for this exhibition is provided by Phase One.

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

Johalla Projects Presents JESSICA TAYLOR CAPONIGRO: BLACK DAMP

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JESSICA TAYLOR CAPONIGRO: BLACK DAMP

MAY 11 – JUNE 2, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11 from 7-10PM

Gallery Hours: By Appointment Only

Johalla Projects is pleased to announce Jessica Taylor Caponigro: Black Damp, its first solo exhibition with Chicago artist Jessica Taylor Caponigro. The exhibition is curated by Aimee Quinkert. It will run from MAY 11 to JUNE 2. Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday, May 11 from 7-10pm.

Jessica Taylor Caponigro’s creative process explores a fascination with the vague familiarity of repetition in prosaic materials. While many of the patterns found within her work seem recognizable on a level, the themes are quite intimate and coexist with both the work’s accessibility and the artist’s personal experiences.

Black Damp examines the patterns and narrative situations translated by the film adaptation of a particular piece of literature. For example, DH Lawrence’s classic Sons and Lovers is partially responsible for some of these pieces, as they eclipse specific scenes and become more about the integral life experiences of the characters, as well as those of both the audience and the artist. The literal definition of the term “black damp” is “a non-explosive mine gas that cannot support life or flame.” Had one read Lawrence’s text or had an in-depth conversation with Caponigro about her upbringing and the historical context of the town in which she was raised, the underlying themes would be obviously parallel. Her deliberate choices affect the viewer’s perception, providing that each individual who encounters it has a somewhat communal, but uniquely distinct experience.

JESSICA TAYLOR CAPONIGRO – Before receiving her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jessica Taylor Caponigro attended Bryn Mawr College where she earned her BA in the History of Art. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Olive Harvey College, and Spudnik Press. She is currently an adjunct instructor at Harold Washington College. Jessica was the Spudnik Press Summer Artist in Residence and has been a resident artist at ACRE on two separate occasions. In addition to solo and group shows in Chicago, her work has been exhibited in Long Beach, Philadelphia, and Rome. Her work is in the permanent collections at California State University-Long Beach and the Joan Flasch Artists’ Books Collection. She was also featured in Johalla Projects’Wow-House group show. This is her first solo exhibition with the gallery.

In addition to the pieces on exhibit, there will also be limited edition prints available for sale during the opening reception.

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

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.

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.

In Collaboration with ACRE Projects: As Above So Below

In Collaboration with ACRE Projects

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JANUARY 25 – JANUARY 31, 2013

Opening Reception: January 25 from 8-10PM

Gallery Hours: By Appointment Only

Connecting with nature and spirituality through process and invented ritual is the driving force within both Lauren Payne and Erin Washington’s work. Their processes intersect with a mutual desire to question the unknown. Presenting new works based upon the collaborators’ return to ACRE, As Above So Below will focus on where these disparate methodologies converge.

Erin Washington embraces materiality and labor to examine themes of vulnerability and permanence. Questioning how time structures transitions in ephemera, she creates mixed-media paintings, drawings, and sculptures which unravel time through the performance of their making, and their subsequent degradation. Erin employs fugitive and symbolic materials such as blackberries, lemon-juice, fire, ashes, moss, sugar, bone and saliva. Colors fade or pigments are burned: and the resulting objects emulate the cycles they describe. Her actions and products are in a constant state of flux, highlighting the disharmony between meaning, beauty, and a fundamentally messy universe. However, the temporality of the work’s making counters ambivalence; the immediate process and present-ness the work demands eclipses uncertainty…for the moment. Erin Washington received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Selected exhibitions include MDW fair, Julius Caesar, Murdertown, Columbia College NY, and Zolla Lieberman. More information atwww.erinwashington.com

Lauren Payne’s desire to connect is steeped in creating site-specific happenings and rituals in aims of thrusting the content beyond the personal pursuit of connection into a new mythological context by creating a space for shared experiences. Her work aims to illuminate a new understanding of the metaphysical through photography, video and daily performances. Lauren Payne received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010. Selected Exhibitions include: ACRE in Miami, Design District, Miami, Florida; My Apocalypse, Hungerford Building, Rochester; Hammes/ Payne, New Capital, Chicago, Is This Thing On, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; Magic > Nature False Front, Portland; White Lodge, High Concept Laboratories, Chicago; Out of the Woods, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit; Lauren Payne lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. www.laurenpayne.com

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