Tall Grass Arts 2017
A special place for Chicago arts in Park Forest, Illinois
The exhibit - "Urban Spaces" - focuses on the works of a select group of artists who portray buildings, facades, bridges, landmarks, etc., as well as rooms and abandoned spaces inside a variety of offices, apartments, theaters, concert halls, churches, train stations, waiting rooms, and other places that might once have seen a lot of human traffic and activity, but now are quiet, empty or past their prime.
Viewers would be reminded of the wonderful architectural design and attention to detail that can be found in historic and modern structures, as well as the abstract qualities images of them convey, and the personal, even spiritual meanings some suggest. Many would no doubt stir memories of important moments of our lives spent near or within those spaces.
Cities, in general, and Chicago, in particular, have always inspired writers, poets, journalists and playwrights.
"Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world." Frank Lloyd Wright
"She is novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.” Mark Twain
“Chicago is an October sort of city even in spring.” Nelson Algren
Visual artists, too, have been inspired by the city, expressing some of the same feelings as the writers: the city beautiful, the city of contradictions, the city of excellent architecture, the city of terrible buildings.
In this exhibit, ten artists – painters, photographers and printmakers – interpret the city and reveal their feelings about it.