Sunday, March 29, 2015

Chicago Destroys Another Architectural Landmark - And A Neighborhood!

Chicago continues to destroy historic buildings and architectural spaces. A few panoramic photos from outside of Wrigley Field at the corner of Waveland and Kenmore Avenues. Compare the recent photograph below of the ongoing construction to panoramas I made in the early 2000s at the same intersection. The Cub organization is reconfiguring the bleachers and adding an electronic scoreboard. They have destroy any connection to the neighborhood and wiped out what was a clever solution to limited expansion, the rooftop decks.

What used to be a stadium well integrated in to the urban fabric will now be a self contained revenue generator for the Ricketts family. They might as well move it to the suburbs, parking would be simpler. Shame on Chicago, shame on the Cubs.

Waveland and Kenmore Streets - March 25, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Grid Variations

I work on the computer in Photoshop to explore variations in the grids I draw - Easy, fast and intuitive. I  don't over-think, and edit after the fact. The possibilities are endless, but I try not to be daunted by that fact. Many of these will never be drawn on paper , but engaging as a series.

Working from the Center
Working from the Top
Adding a Darker Element

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Cardboard Nautical Flags

Last year I made a set of 'Nautical Flags' out of recycled cardboard. I took awhile for the entire set to sell, it went in bits and pieces. But recently there was a request for more. I think they are fun, and the motif of each flag is a great matrix on which to let the cardboard, natural and stained with India ink, express its inherent material qualities. And the colors are nice too!

Not much of an explanation in regard to the photos, only to say there is a bit of my process contained in the following sequence.

A recent 'Nautical Flag' commission. 
The specifically requested letters. 
The work table with materials and tools.
Last years almost complete set of nautical flags. 
Nautical flags in color and in black and white. 
Nautical Flag J-Juliet. 'On Fire Keep Clear'. 
A new idea in the cardboard collage series. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

3 New Collages

Came across my bag of cardboard scraps this week, was in the mood to do something a little different, I now have three new collages. As I assemble them my mind flips between building facades, floor plans, landscapes, abstract text, selective color, sculpture, recycling...

3 Untitled Collages - Recycled Cardboard, India Ink, Arches Watercolor Paper - 13 x 10 inches each

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

It was one of those mornings when everything was out of sync - awake too early, scratchy throat, and it was beginning to snow. The final indignity was missing my bus by 20 seconds despite the app on my phone assuring me I had another two minutes until it arrived. A snowy Sunday morning, and of course the next bus was not due for another 25 minutes. I had a good five minutes of feeling sorry for myself, not sure why that feels so good, but walked to the train and was heading up to my studio pretty quickly. It was while riding the train that I realized what a beautiful morning it was. The snow was just beginning to collect in some areas, and the city was deserted and quiet. I happily stared out the window, mesmerized by the landscape the entire fifteen minute trip.

The problem with taking the train to my studio is once I arrive at my stop (Berwyn) I still have a walk of five blocks, which at times can be a little dreary. But, in actuality it was a good day for a walk. Yesterday in the studio someone had asked me about an old panoramic photograph of mine that depicted a wall of graffiti. I had not looked at the photo in awhile but I remember where it was taken - the west wall of the Berwyn El station, where I was now disembarking. I knew the painting on the wall had evolved over the years, such is the nature of graffiti. The neighborhood may have even had a program where they encouraged young artists to work on that wall. I also knew that up until a few years ago, at least one element of the old graffiti depicted in the photograph, a large cartoon-like head, was still visible. Now, in a better mood despite still not having a coffee, I took detour to visit what remains of the graffitied wall. I'm happy to report my favorite head is still there, changed, a little duller in color, but still with a spark in its eye. And the rest of my short trek to the gallery was equally as inspiring, not for any specific reason other than it was lovely to look at the world covered with the light coat of snow on a not too cold day.

A few photos from this morning. The original panorama with the graffitied wall, and then a quick shot of the section of the wall as it exist today. Then a few photos I snapped on my walk to work. Gathering ideas, reacting, but not really over-thinking.

The snow continues to come down, and I may be less sanguine about this in five hours when I head home, but for now, lovely morning.

Addendum - February 1, 2015

The proposal in regard to the Graffiti panorama continues to move forward. The space where the photograph will resides has specifications that require reworking the proportions - which in some cases I am able, and happy to do. And we will be scaling up the image which is always exciting. Below is the reworking of the original photograph in its new cropped state. And then a playful juxtaposition of the wall ten years ago and now. 

Hello Old Friend, I Haven't Seen You In Years!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

More Drawings

I have had many requests for images of my drawings from people outside of Chicago. That sort of inquiry requires me to photograph and label the work - not my favorite activity. Even the minimal photo correction I undertake is tedious and repetitive, and adding the text is annoying in Photoshop. But it is a nice record of my work, and I can easily post things on this blog. Below are a few new images, including photos of recent 'Basket' drawings. Note how the basket drawings are heavier than the earlier versions. That corresponds to the sift in media, from India Ink to Montana Acrylic Paint. The bottom Richter-like piece is actually a collage. I cut the original into strips and reassembled them in a slightly altered order. The drawing has been hanging around for a couple years, but this week I trimmed the edges and it looks like a whole new piece.