click images for larger viewBeyond it, making my way to a dead end at Kinzie, I could see little more than chain-link fencing around still another vacant lot. Walking towards it, looking for interesting debris, I stopped dead in my tracks.
ROA and commissioned by the Chicago group Pawnworks, was painted in May of last year on the rear wall of the building housing the studio of architectural photographers Hedrich-Blessing, known for their portraits of buildings in their most perfect, pristine state. Their headquarters structure is functional, simple, and plain.
interview with Vincent Morgan from 2010, ROA talks about places like this . . .
It’s nice to paint in a restful and left behind place. It’s like an oasis between "the civilization". These places have an unique character, the decay and the lost industrial activity (like the factories) offering lots of interesting situations. Once place with a lot of agitation turns out in a wasteland where nature calls back, little rodents and birds are the only survivors in these black holes and taken over the places like humans did some centuries before. It’s fine to paint with nobody passing by or watching you, just do what you love to do, paint!
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?