This photographic series features most of the culture within this city that influences outsiders to visit. Most are composites and one is only of a single scene taken. For the people that live within the state and city they might feel more passionate of the photographs shown. Though there are several more parts of Chicago culture, these subjects are not seen anywhere else in the world.
For me, when I brainstorm I listen to music as I observe my daily activities. Lately my activities consist of work, school, and my commute. I live in the western suburbs of IL but I am constantly always finding myself in the city, even outside of school. I continue to go about my day and wonder WHY? What is so different about this city than any others? And how I show that to the world. One thing I hope to capture is the atmosphere famously known around the world of how you must experience on your own that Chicago is one of the greatest cities.
Of the artist seen at the Museum of Contemporary Art a few really stood out to me. Jeff Wall’s In Front of a NIghtclub, Jeanne Dunning’s The Pink, Ana Mendieta Untitled from the Silueta series, Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #167, Jessica Labatte’s Flocksy, Swampy, 1942, And Phyllism, Pamela Rosenkranz’s Because They Try to Bore Holes in My greatest and Most Beautiful Work, Walead Besht’s Four Sided Picture, and even James Welling’s Textures. All of these photographs the artist creates the composition with organic materials. Not only was this mentioned in the artist’s statement but many like Jessica Labtte’s pieces the form, shape, and texture in contrast towards the background becomes clear that the photographed subjects were not natural as opposed to Via Sanita by Thomas Struth. They change the vision of the typical photograph taken to remember a place or point in time, by photographing these obscure materials and shapes creating a different view and understanding. While the clear understanding of a portrait and landscape create emotion to be felt. These artist used to photographing process with experimentation of their personally created sets. Not only does it emphasize the amount of work they put into creating it but it also gives a deeper meaning beyond the emotional reaction it is intended for. In Ana Menieta’s photos, the line created the silhouette of a woman, perhaps to represent herself. Yet the repetition of the same content of the smooth line in contrast to the rugged texture symbolizes the graceful and soft elegance of a woman. In Jeanne Dunning’s The Pink she experimented with silver dye bleach creates a texture that looks like part of a body because of the use of color that reddish liquidly shape.