Getting Into Face - Book Launch

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Cover Image for Getting Into Face Digital Photography © Bernard Colbert
Crocodile Digital Photoghraphy © Bernard Colbert
Sal-E Joker Digital Photoghraphy © Bernard Colbert
Butterflies Digital Photoghraphy © Bernard Colbert
Red Ball Digital Photoghraphy © Bernard Colbert
Getting Into Face - Book Launch
Curated by: Annette Sollars

1431 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
September 8th, 2012 - October 1st, 2012
Opening: September 8th, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

North Side
Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 12pm to 7pm and Saturday 12pm to 5pm
photography, performance



Eyeporium Gallery Book Launch Event 

“Getting Into Face”

The Living Art of JoJo Baby and Sal-E as documented by Photographer Bernard Colbert.

Book Signing at Eyeporium Gallery on Saturday, September 8th 2012 from 7pm-9pm.


Eyeporium Gallery is excited to announce the publication of Getting Into Face that celebrates the collaboration between performance artists JoJo Baby and Sal-E and photographer Bernard Colbert

This book is a visual feast of JoJo Baby and Sal-E Getting Into Face.  It is the result of a 5-year photo project documenting JoJo Baby and Sal-E on a weekly basis as they prepared for their Monday night performances at the “Boom Boom Room”.  JoJo and Sal are Chicago icons and are renowned for using their bodies as canvases to become conceptual characters, executed with expert skill using original, theatrical makeup and costumes.  In more than 100 portraits, photographer Bernard Colbert rigorously captures these two performance artists in genius moments as psychedelic Hindi gods, comic book villains, fantastical creatures, astronauts, and much more.  Colbert’s stunning portraits document these delightful transformations and are the same body of work featured in the Clive Barker documentary entitled JoJo Baby.  Drawing from their seemingly inexhaustible well of creativity, these club kids and queer icons are always challenging each other - pushing the theatrics to dizzying heights.  Through Colbert’s collaboration with JoJo and Sal, viewers can experience a front row seat to an ongoing show that has been entertaining club goers in Chicago for two decades. 

Bernard Colbert has captured the legendary duo in visually sumptuous portraits.  52 Mondays will be on exhibit at the book signing and continue through October 1st.  JoJo Baby and Sal-E will perform “Getting Into Face” at the book launch on Saturday, September 8th from 7pm to 9pm.  The After-Party Lip Sync Show will be at Debonair at 1575 North Milwaukee Avenue, featuring legendary performers such as Silky Jumbo as MC.


Book Signing/Opening Reception (public invited) – Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm

Exhibition - Through Monday, October 1, 2012.

Lip Sync Show After-Party – Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 10pm to 2am at Debonair, 1575 N. Milwaukee Ave


Eyeporium Gallery

1431 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Phone 773-782-1744

Two blocks from the “Damen” Blue Line El stop in the heart of Wicker Park.



Eyeporium Gallery represents some of Chicago’s most prominent artists - Tony Fitzpatrick, Wesley Kimler, Bruce Riley, Marc Hauser, Jason Brammer, JoJo Baby, Bernard Colbert to name a few.  The gallery has a philosophy of nurturing and supporting local artistic excellence at the highest level and to promote Chicago’s culture.  Eyeporium Gallery is owned Annette Sollars who is a local philanthropist who has supported many artists over the past decade to develop their work and Carron Little has recently been hired as the Gallery Director.  We are a salon style gallery that promotes the act of looking and seeing representing fine art at its best. 

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