Opening Reception: Friday, September 5 from 7-10pm
Johalla Projects is very pleased to present VARIOUS FADES, an exhibition of new works by Chicago-based artist Stephen Eichhorn. In his first solo presentation since 2012, Eichhorn reexamines his practice, producing collages that further complicate the dimensionality of the picture plane. The exhibition will run from SEPTEMBER 5 to OCTOBER 12. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 5 from 7-10pm.
Stephen Eichhorn’s method to making is at once quiet and intense. By working to establish new constants in his practice, Eichhorn manages to arrive at the unexplored — a middle ground that is overgrown and elegantly exotic. Here, the environment where Eichhorn’s current work resides is formal in its clustered stratification, hearkening to both gestural painting and the constructed photographic image. In this sense, spatial ambiguity becomes a steady, invigorating force that pulses through the exhibition.
More so now than ever, the works in VARIOUS FADES exemplify Eichhorn’s keen sense of cultivation and compositional play – they seductively writhe, bloom, and swell, all while achieving an unnerving constancy. Moreover, the artworks range in size and include many large-scale pieces, which in turn has enabled the artist to erect his signature plant forms with a hyperconscious sense of balance between broader imagery and smaller, more intricately cut paper plant parts. For the exhibition, Eichhorn will install his works in simultaneous response to the gallery’s architecture and to the specificity of his materials, thus endeavoring to create a viewing experience that calls for an extended look at the vivid plantscapes.
Stephen Eichhorn (b. 1984) lives and works in Chicago, IL. In 2006, Eichhorn received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been included in numerous national solo and group exhibitions, with highlights including CES Contemporary, Los Angeles (2014); Ebersmoore, Chicago (2012, 2011); the Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL (2012); Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (2012); Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago (2008); Josée Bienvenu Gallery, NY (2008); and Cairo, Seattle (2008). His work is included in the new Zioxla publication Strange Plants, which was released in July 2014 to critical acclaim.
We here at Johalla Projects are excited to start 2012 and our new season of programming! As January gets underway, we have decided to revamp our online outlets. These updates include new looks and much more current and relevant content for our website, our blog, our Tumblr, our Twitter, and our Facebook. We want to get YOU involved and provide really cool information and great art for anyone and everyone interested!
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Please take note of Filter Photo Festival’s open call for submissions on the topic of “New Methods of Photographic Making”. The competition is juried by the excellent Jason Lazarus and selected entries will participate in an exhibition at Johalla Projects in March!
Johalla Projects is excited to present Chiara No’s new work, WILD THINGS, I THINK I LOVE YOU this Saturday at 7PM! Join us!
Chiara No’s practice is to redefine and re-construct materials by stripping them of their original purpose and cultural significance, reducing them to objects qua objects. Through the recalibration of these objects, she intends to illicit pure aesthetic seduction. The objects avoid didacticism and social critique; not out of anti-intellectualism, but rather out of an indifference towards intellect. By presenting streamers and embroideries without origin, context, or function, the work’s intent is to highlight their inherent beauty. They are feral forms, practical items which have escaped their domestic sphere. Wholly superficial and unconcerned with wit or place, they lean instead toward an existential happiness, an emotional zone where the pieces’ essential nothingness is in fact its content. And, grouped together, the pieces play against each other, exhibiting an even stronger, more congenial emptiness that defies both original and new milieu; they emphasize that an accumulation of everything is still nothing.