“Best get your pictures now, because it ain’t going to be there next week,” the man salvaging bricks said to me.
Once it’s gone, I hope to sort all of the photos of this place I’ve taken in the past year into something resembling a coherent gallery. In the meantime, there’s this.
I will be showing a few new photos (above) in a group exhibit with 22 other artists in a vacant storefront at 2775 N. Milwaukee this weekend (June 27-29) as part of the 2014 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival. I volunteered to babysit (er, “staff”) the gallery on Sunday from 12-4pm, if you want to stop by and say hello. OK, show’s over–thanks for stopping by, if you did.
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Thanks to Gwendolyn Zabicki of the South Logan Arts Coalition for organizing this pop-up exhibit at MAAF and inviting me to participate. Gwendolyn will have some paintings in a group show this July at the Comfort Station. Go see them.
I was in Milwaukee was to see Brian Ulrich‘s photos at the Haggerty Museum of Art (Copia—Retail, Thrift and Dark Stores, 2001-2011, which was great and well worth the 3 hour round trip train ride) but since I had some hours to kill before heading back to Chicago I explored what I could within walking distance from the train station. The city seemed oddly depopulated for a Saturday afternoon, but I did get to chat with this charming couple: “If you take his picture it’ll probably break your camera,” she said (it didn’t.)
I posted more Milwaukee photos on my flickr page. There was a lot to look at, and I wish I could have stayed longer. Next time.
Photographing buildings during a mild snowstorm presents some obvious challenges. Figuring out proper exposure can be tricky, and lugging camera equipment through 12-16 inches of snow on the ground (with more falling from the sky) can be exhausting. Also: the wet, the cold, etc. But when the resulting images work, it’s like the snow erases all the superfluous detail, leaving just the subject floating on a field of white.