Laura Hart Newlon, Sunspot, 2013, 24 x 30 inches, Archival Inkjet Print

Filter Photo Festival Presents: 
The Enigmatic Object

MARCH 7 — MARCH 28, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, March 7th 

Filter Photo is pleased to announce an open call for photographic work for a juried exhibition, The Enigmatic Object. This will be Filter’s 7th juried exhibition, and it will be held at Johalla Projects, a gallery located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. The exhibition will run from March 7th – March 28th, with an opening reception on March 7th.

The Enigmatic Object will be co-juried by artist, curator, and director of the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography Kyohei Abe, and artist, writer, and curator Caroline Picard.

Theme: The Enigmatic Object

This is an open call for photographic and time-based works that entertain the uncanny and unpredictable proclivities in inert things. The jurors welcome interpretive responses of all kinds. They are particularly interested in responses that consider one of more of the following:

  • relations between nonhuman bodies
  • human and nonhuman interventions in landscapes and architecture
  • specific, designated moments in temporal, economic, and historical narratives and realities

For this show, jurors Kyohei Abe and Caroline Picard considered photographic and time-based works that entertain the uncanny and unpredictable proclivities in inert things. 

Kayla Anderson
AREA (Sean Hovendick & 
John Wesley Mannion)
Susan Barnett
Nicola Benford
Christa Blackwood
Bridget Burke
Kai Caemmerer
Jan Cieslikiewicz
William Connally
Eddee Daniel
Adam Davies
Devon Dill
Yorgos Efthymiadis
Jeff Evans
Juan Fernandez
Maia Flore
Todd R. Forsgren
Emily Franklin
Chelsea Goldberg
Tatiana Gulenkina
Jon Horvath
Volkan Kızıltunç
Sarah Malakoff
Jon Malis
Ben Marcin
Phillip Nesmith
Laura Noel
Ryan Oskin
Jeff Phillips
Jessica Pierotti
E. Aaron Ross
Zack Sabin
Lucas Shaffer
Michael Sherwin
Malika Sqalli
Kate Stone
Joey Tipton
Santiago Vanegas
Hyounsang Yoo

About the Jurors

Kyohei Abe

Kyohei Abe is an artist, educator, and Director of the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography. Born in Nagoya, Japan in 1971, Abe earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Trident College in Nagoya. After moving to the United States in 1993, he began studying photography, subsequently earing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the College for Creative Studies and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Over the past ten years, Abe has shown his work extensively in the Detroit area, as well as in New York City; Omaha, Nebraska; Lodz, Poland; Stuggart, Germany; and Nagoya, Japan. Abe’s work belongs to the public collections of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX; the Detroit Institute of Art; The West Collection, Oak, PA; and numerous private and corporate collections globally.

Abe is a Director and Chief Curator at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography in Detroit, Michigan. He has acted as a portfolio reviewer at national events including PhotoNOLA, PhotoLucida, and the Filter Photo Festival. He recently was a juror for PhotoPlace Open 2012, and has served as a juror for Critical Mass since 2010. Abe is also an Adjunct Faculty member at the College for Creative Studies.

Caroline Picard

Caroline Picard is a Chicago-based artist, writer and curator who explores the figure in relation to systems of power. Picard graduated from St. John’s College with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA. She founded and operated the apartment gallery The Green Lantern (2005-2010), and co-founded the bi-annual directory PHONEBOOK: an index of alternative exhibition spaces. She serves as Bad at Sports’ official Blog Tzar runs The Paper Cave, an on-line bookstore dedicated to independent presses. Picard has curated shows at The Green Lantern Gallery, The Co-Prosperity Sphere, and The Hyde Park Art Center. A current exhibition, Ghost Nature, is now on view at the University of Illinois’s Gallery 400, and this March, as a visiting curator, she will bring “Ghost Nature : Le Fantôme de la Nature” to La Box, Bourges, France.

Picard has released released 30+ slow-media titles ranging from the first English translation of a 19th Century Polish classic, Kordian, debut novels by emerging writers, collections of arts administration essays and an Arctic newspaper from 1821. She writes regularly for the Art21 blog, as well as Art ltdMagazine. Recent short stories, essays and comics were published or are forthcoming in Paper Monument, Rattapallax, ArtslantThe Coming Envelope no. 5 (Bookthug), Artifice Magazine, MAKE Magazine and Everyday Genius; she has contributed multiple graphic adaptations to the The Graphic Canon project (Seven Stories Press, 2012/13/15).  Other books include Psycho Dream Factory(Holon Press, 2011) and The Chronicles of Fortune (Holon Press, 2011).

Picard’s projects manifest in a variety of cross-disciplinary mediums including painting, video, administrative practices, interviews with artists, works of fiction, comics, and critical essays. Her work has been discussed in American Book Review, Poets & Writers MagazineTime Out ChicagoNew CityArt21Artforum.comhtml giant and Punk Planet.