Nov 14th 2014

J. Johari Palacio: Thought Catalyst


1935 w Thomas st., Chicago, IL 2nd flr

Opening Friday, November 14th, from 7PM - 10PM

On view through Saturday, January 4th

Through sonic manipulation, photography and large-scale paintings he analyzes and documents the interactions between people, habits and routine within an urban environment. He takes the monotony of the everyday and stretches it to an ethereal state, creating a visual tempo within mundane elements. His brutish technique embraces a Neo-Expressionist palette with hallucinogenic imagery that explores the metaphysical and scrapes at the membrane between science fiction and surrealism. He deconstructs and re-purposes the relationship between man, nature and urbanity.

Johari is an interdisciplinary artist (MA 2013 Columbia College Chicago) and music researcher from Los Angeles, CA who now resides and works in Chicago. A true disciple of hip-hop, his background and practical education emerged from a deep involvement and fascination with street art. These experiences laid the groundwork for his experimentation in sound art, multimedia, photography and fine art.

“Crafting an avenue for an alternative method of thought process is akin to designing a delivery platform for dimensional travel. I am attempting to “add-on” to my predecessors work and research as thought catalysts. This is the result of that.”

-J. Johari Palacio

Curated by Carli Tuberville & Caylee Griffis of HEX Gallery

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