APRIL 6, 2012 — MAY 4, 2012
A brief history of collaboration has reached its climax in James Jankowiak's The Profane Illumination. This will be James’ first solo show with the collective, but it is definitely not the perfect pair’s first time at the prom, so to speak. Over the last couple of years, Johalla Projects and James have fostered quite the artistic relationship through creative discussions, group shows at NEXT Art Fair, and media shout-outs (James’ work was most recently featured on the cover of The Reader in collaboration with Johalla Projects).
Having recognized James’ strength and fortitude as an artistic force in the vibrant Chicago arts community as far back as his graffiti days in the late 1980s, Johalla Projects acknowledged this seemingly ready-made relationship and has provided Mr. Jankowiak with the ideal platform on which to exhibit a portion of his amazing body of work and installation, including paintings that thoroughly explore the scintillating relationship between the artist’s hand, retinal reaction and the intricacy of the line with which it is connected.
While the atmosphere will be one of white walls and bright lights, Johalla Projects has never been strident on keeping their artists contained. With such community projects like commissioned murals, our display of art through our CTA projects, and a plethora of neighborhood specific directives, the collective has always maintained its integrity and dedication to the urban artist. What better marriage than that of Johalla Projects and James Jankowiak?