I finished this painting over the weekend and it will be on display at This Must Be The Place at Firecat Projects, opening this Friday night July 24. It's based on photos I took along the South Branch of the Chicago River. This is also not far from the part of the river known as Bubbly Creek because of all the industrial sludge, stockyard waste, and raw sewage dumped into the water from the surrounding factories.
From Wikipedia: The creek derives its name from the gases bubbling out of the riverbed from the decomposition of blood and entrails dumped into the river in the early 20th century by the local meatpacking businesses surrounding the Union Stock Yards directly south of the creek's endpoint at Pershing Road. It was brought to notoriety by Upton Sinclair in his exposé on the American meat packing industry entitled The Jungle.
This Must Be The Place – Cityscapes by Kevin Swallow Firecat Projects 2124 N. Damen Ave., Chicago IL 60647
Opening Reception: Friday, July 24, 2015 – 7 to 10 p.m. Exhibition runs: July 24 – August 22, 2015 Closing Reception & Gallery Talk with author Bill Savage: August 16, 2015 – 3 to 5 p.m. Savage, who teaches Chicago literature at Northwestern University and the Newberry Library, will discuss Accidental Beauties: the Aesthetics and Symbolism of Water Tanks (and Other Antiquated Infrastructure)
The exhibition is generously sponsored by Doug Sohn of HOT DOUG’S.