They say that whatever you do on New Years Day is what you will be doing for the rest of the year. With that in mind, there is no better time than today, January 1, to upload some new art onto my blog!
These are three new pieces I am featuring in my ongoing Chicago Art show at Natural Elements Salon. The top piece is another portrait of someone who contributed significantly to Chicago culture and art, Louis Armstrong. It was Armstrong’s Chicago recordings that helped transform New Orleans blues into Big Band Jazz.
The second piece depicts the coyote, which has recently begun to make downtown Chicago its new home! Not surprisingly, the coyote has everything it needs to thrive in our “urban jungles”. (One could also infer “dog eat dog” symbolism in this imagery. Aspects of Chicago business culture are, shall we say, ravenous.)
The final piece is a new version of The Chicagoan, which in all its forms has represented the depression and alienation I felt when I was a daily commuter. In this latest permutation, I contrast the figure’s pose and demeanor with those of the children running behind him. For The Chicagoan, a rainy day is a time to hunch over, hide under an umbrella, and try to avoid looking at the world. For the kids, it is an opportunity to run in the rain and splash in puddles.
Will these children end up like The Chicagoan someday, dead inside but going through the motions of a career? Does he represent their gloomy future, and they his joyous past, or will these children somehow manage to avoid his fate?