Mar 23rd 2013

Stephanie Cristello & Mika Horibuchi: Bad Graphics

@ Alcatraz Chicago

1000 N. Halsted Chicago IL 60642

Opening Saturday, March 23rd, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, April 7th

Opening reception 3.23.13 – 6-9PM


Stephanie Cristello & Mika Horibuchi

CHICAGO, IL. Alcatraz Chicago is very excited to present the work of Chicago-based artists Stephanie Cristello and Mika Horibuchi. Their latest group of paintings flirt, fumble, and occasionally fondle the idea of Classical references to appropriated images, and their anxious relationship to painting. Through means of direct painting techniques, pattern, text, and self-declared iconography, Bad Graphics gives a gracious nod to our insincere, artificial, and unoriginal image-based world. Deception and displacement are both indicative of the work – the attempt never becomes the real thing. Much like a hologram on a playing card, the object falters, never truly reading as the three-dimensional thing it imitates. Yet in the deception there is sincerity: the hologram never claims to be anything other than itself, just as the paintings never claim to be anything other than paintings. The willingness of painting to give as much or as little as it wants speaks to the idea of access, as a binary form of both a screen and a gate – something you can simultaneously look through and pass through, an interchange between painting, space, and image.

Founded in April of 2012, Alcatraz Chicago is an artist run space directed by Andrea Chiu and Alec Hatcher. Alcatraz is located at 1000 N. Halsted, Chicago IL 60642 and can be visited by appointment. For more info please visit or email us at

Stephanie Cristello was born in Toronto, ON. She recently completed her Liberal Arts Thesis, Consider This A Forecast: Simulations of the Weather Within the Contemporary Museum, presented in the Modern Wing of the AIC. Past positions include Chicago Art Magazine as Associate Editor, and Newcity as a Staff Writer. She most recently wrote a catalog essay for the ESSL Museum in Vienna, New. New York.

Mika Horibuchi was born in San Francisco, California. Her work has recently been included in several group exhibitions in Chicago and San Francisco, including Act I:
Absence Makes It Real at the Leroy Neiman Center Gallery. She has most recently had her first solo exhibition Slightly Better Than Reality at the Gagosian’t Gallery in Chicago.

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