art curatorial collective

Brandon Breaux

Johalla Projects is pleased to present the work of Chicago-based artist Brandon Breaux in his first U.S. solo exhibition, BIG WORDS.

Curated by Anna Cerniglia and Alison Cuddy, this multidisciplinary exhibition is a journey through some of the touchstones - people, places and artifacts - that have shaped how Breaux has come to see the world and a meditation on the way identity evolves through an ongoing dialogue with public events and personal histories. Featuring a series of paintings, installations and a digital NFT, Breaux actualizes the labor behind identity formation, in its recirculation through time, as both abstract process and concrete family experience. The juxtaposition of painterly images with graphic lettering invites a connection—or confrontation—with the way language can be both a passageway or barrier between worlds.

“We’re incredibly pleased to collaborate on this exhibition with Brandon and the curators,” said Eileen Rhodes of Blanc Gallery. “His new work creates a beautiful opportunity for reflection and connection.”

Brandon Breaux is a multidisciplinary American Artist based in Chicago, IL. His work focuses on the exploration of identity, constructing new realities and portraiture using type, image, form and sampling to construct narratives that articulate his point of view. Breaux is managed by Eric Lopez.

BIG WORDS is at Blanc Gallery April 9 through May 27. Additional programming (music, meditation, conversation) runs throughout. Edition prints and objects will be available for purchase at the exhibition. Breaux is also one of the artists featured in OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project, a citywide collaborative public art initiative between EXPO CHICAGO and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) in collaboration with the Chicago Digital Network to exhibit artwork on all CDN billboards and, for the first time, City Information Panels "CIPs" in Chicago’s Central Business District from April 4-17, 2022.

Blanc Gallery focuses on emerging and established black artists in Chicago and beyond, nurturing a culture of conversation in homage to and furtherance of Bronzeville’s rich history. Anna Cerniglia is the owner and founder of Johalla Projects, an art curatorial and consulting collective. Alison Cuddy is a programmer, curator, and writer based in Chicago.