(via Article: So Long for Now / Features / Nothing Major)

Ryan Duggan: Low-Dose No-Doz
September 6 – September 30, 2013
Johalla Projects is very excited to announce Ryan Duggan: Low-Dose No-Doz, its second solo exhibition with Chicago-based artist Ryan Duggan. The exhibition will run from SEPTEMBER 6 to SEPTEMBER 30. Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, September 6 from 7-10pm.
Ryan Duggan’s work is keenly informed by the oddity of the everyday. Often fueled by his appreciation of signage and text, Duggan utilizes advertising strategies to subvert a traditionally informative message into something more intriguing or surprising. In this sense, Duggan challenges notions of purpose in visual communication and suggests an alternative way of “looking.” 
For Low-Dose No-Doz, Duggan’s new works are simple yet bold, employing imagery and language that weave a common thread of confusion, depravity, and disinterest. In some moments, his seemingly spliced phrases tinker on the edge of absurdity, forcing the viewer to create his or her own unreasonable narrative in response. This approach, paired with Duggan’s stylistic typographical choices, hearkens to artists like Ed Ruscha, whose characteristic deadpan representations mask more complex issues or ideas.
In a more physical context, Duggan’s methods of making become highly visible – balancing between production-based sign making, traditional approaches to painting, and transformed found objects or sculptures. This melding of materials further disassociates the immediacy of advertisement-based language from its conventional form while simultaneously projecting a bizarre sense of nostalgia for a less-complicated era of communication. 
RYAN DUGGAN is an artist and printmaker working in Chicago, Illinois. His work spans a number of mediums but carries a common tonality and visual aesthetic culled from American advertising, design, and signage. Duggan studied advertising in college and currently splits his time between making art and screen-printing under the moniker Drug Factory Press.
For more information, please contact Anna Cerniglia at johallaprojects@gmail.com.

Beaker slaying Honeydew
The new card game published as a collaboration by Rollo and Nieves is quite a flexible deck. The artist who drew the 100 cards, Masanao Hirayama, sees the deck having three possible uses: a simple memory game, a modified version of the quick draw Japanese card game Karuta, or for an entirely new game with rules written by the players. The deck contains 50 drawings, each printed on two cards, with a printed cardboard box. (via Masanao Hirayama: Card Game / Journal / Nothing Major)
The new Rodarte short film/advertisement, “This Must Be The Only Fantasy,” indicates that it’s worthwhile to have Beach House legitimately involved in scoring a project rather than using a soundalike. The film, released in conjunction with Rodarte’s SS13 collection, and directed by Todd Cole, follows a teenage girl in Encino, CA through suburban scenes that combine magical realism with campy fantasy imagery. There’s a scene that transitions by zooming into a unicorn’s eye. If you’re curious about the unicorn, view the 13-minute film below. (via Rodarte’s “This Must Be The Only Fantasy” Short Film / Journal / Nothing Major)
The fashion industry, as anyone involved in it knows, is competitive, and fashion designers, just like pro athletic teams or stars, often have loyal fans and followers. Now with designer jerseys by LPD NYC, fashion fans can represent their favorite designers without the price tag often attached to the designer’s actual goods. Inspired by basketball jerseys, the designer jerseys contain a minimal design with a designer name and year of birth on the back of each garment in traditional athletic jersey font. Prices range from 85 dollars for a basic T-shirt style to 155 dollars for a hoodie. (via LPD NYC Designer Jerseys / Journal / Nothing Major)
Folk Clothing shows us that the later months of the year don’t have to be so drab. The London label’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection brings the quirky to casual ready-to-wear. Folk’s way with colors, juxtaposing bright shades against neutrals, is a breath of fresh air for those who need cheer long after the sun tan fades. (via Folk Clothing FW13 Lookbook / Journal / Nothing Major)
For a new documentary profile, Ghostly sent filmmaker Will Calcutt to Rochester, NY to spend some time with artist Andy Gilmore in his studio. Gilmore, a frequent Ghostly collaborator who has contributed cover art for albums from artists like Gold Panda (whose music happens to soundtrack the profile), also releases his own work through the label’s in-house art division, Ghostly International Editions. In addition to prints and music packaging, Gilmore’s geometric illustrations have appeared in the pages of Wired, The New York Times, and a long list of publications. Check out the profile, and some of Gilmore’s work below. (via Watch A Ghostly Profile of Andy Gilmore / Journal / Nothing Major)
Happy Socks, the eclectic Swedish sock brand, is well named. The brand’s latest lookbook, for Fall/Winter 2013, exemplifies this spirit as models demonstrate styles from the CHAPTER #SIX collection while skateboarding, laughing with friends, casually standing by quintessential New York scenery and so on. Pieces start at 10 dollars, are available in a wide range of colors and prints and add zing to any otherwise average fall look. (via Happy Socks FW13 Lookbook / Journal / Nothing Major)