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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

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Johalla Projects Presents: I HEAR YOU SINGING THROUGH THE WIRES – NEW WORK BY JOSEPH RYNKIEWICZ

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I Hear You Singing Through the Wires

NEW WORK BY JOSEPH RYNKIEWICZ

JUNE 7 – JULY 5, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, June 7 from 7-10PM

Gallery Hours: By Appointment Only

Johalla Projects is pleased to announce I Hear You Singing Through the Wires, its first solo exhibition with Chicago artist Joseph Rynkiewicz. The exhibition will run from JUNE 7 toJULY 5. Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, June 7 from 7-10 p.m.

 Joseph Rynkiewicz’s work is rooted in the imprint that every action leaves behind. Whether a dent in the cosmos or our consciousness, his work links time and place, people and nature and leaves behind questions—not as confusion but rather, meditation.

 I Hear You Singing Through the Wires reveals how performance, whether seen or unseen, continues to ripple through time and space. This metaphysical inertia is represented with beautiful simplicity in the crux of the exhibition, “Arrangement for Endlessness.” In reality, this telephone pole is a finite object installed within Johalla Projects, but the illusion, accomplished with mirrors, is that it extends infinitely in both directions. The viewer in Chicago is invited to imagine this expanding telephone pole generates a bridge from us to the other side of the world, which is literally somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

The works in this show are each icons of consequence. We are given a single snapshot of time and asked to conceptualize what came before and what may happen after and how all these moments are connected in some way. Like “Arrangement for Endlessness,” each of the works in this exhibition provide a meditation on the invisible network that reverberates through the universe, binding everything.

JOSEPH RYNKIEWICZ lives and works in Chicago. His work was recently shown at ACRE Projects and New Capital. He holds a BFA in photography from Columbia College and although he doesn’t really make photographs anymore, the degree helped land him a pretty great job. He loves whiskey and cats. Not always together. I Hear You Singing Through the Wires is also supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

-Written by Whitney Stoepel

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.

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.

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.

Rational Park Presents: GRAFTS & RUPTURES – New work by Jordan Martins

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GRAFTS & RUPTURES: NEW WORK BY JORDAN MARTINS

JANUARY 19 – FEBRUARY 12, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 19 from 7-10PM

Rational Park
2557 W North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Gallery Hours: 10-4, M-F

Chicago based visual artist Jordan Martins will exhibit new collage and mixed media work at Rational Park from January 19th until February 12th. Martins’ work features intuitively crafted worlds of candy-like bold color, vintage imagery and contrasting textures. Much like the spaceships and comic book hero drawings from his youth which built up complicated surfaces and rippled muscles through brute repetition, Martins’ collages create a space where new visual languages can develop and take shape. By manipulating and layering each fragment, he builds up to a larger, more captivating form. This multidimensional mashup results in wonderful tension between the chaos of the larger composition and the orderly, contained details of collage.

The title of one recent series, Ghost Nets, references a phenomenon in which fishing net scraps co-join in the ocean to form unruly conglomerations that both create provisional ecosystems and entrap and suffocate sea life–an apt metaphor for the images within the collage that take on new meaning when bound together with other images while remaining ensnared by their previous associations. Martins’s Ghost Nets are punctuated by bold shapes and patterns with whirling, dripping masses floating atop muted painted backdrops that possess a suspended quality like the nomadic, detritus-bound sea communities for which this series is named.

Live musical performance by: Ben Babbitt

For more information regarding this exhibition or about Rational Park, please contact everyone@rational-park.com.

Johalla Projects is in collaboration with Rational Park.

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