May 15 - June 13, 2017
at the Chicago Athletic Association

In 2017 Johalla Projects worked with the Chicago Athletic Association hotel to showcase the work of Brooklyn-based Kate McQuillen in the hotel's second floor lobby.

McQuillen’s sculptures and images refer to environments that are faraway or untouchable, such as skies, starry nights, and smoke, while speaking about possibility, the unknown, intimacy, and wonder. Her installation White Sands used illuminated tissue paper to create a glowing, bursting cloud, visually hovering between smoke, flowers, and explosions. Within the case structure, she played with opposing themes of explosiveness and containment, beauty and alarm. She was interested in the classical notion of the sublime, in which views can experience opposing emotions of the formidable and the beautiful, resulting in a sense of the awe-inspiring.

Kate McQuillen is a Brooklyn-based artist working in printmaking and installation. She has exhibited at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, O’Born Contemporary Toronto, and in the Terrain Biennial. She has received numerous grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for her large-scale installations. Her work has appeared in Art in Print, the Chicago Reader, New City, the Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago, Hyperallergic, and Poetry.