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I am reviewing Of Walking, which is an exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Photography.


Of Walking is an art exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College. (This museum is at 600 S. Michigan Avenue.) Since neither Chicago’s buses nor Chicago’s commuter trains will let riders disembark inside the museum, visitors who intend to see this art exhibit will need to walk at least ⅛ mile to the museum’s entrance.

This exhibit is on three floors. All art relates to artists doing extensive walking to get material for their art, or, as in the case of Jim Campbell, using walking as his art’s subject. (This exhibit does not display any spacewalks.)

Sohei Nishimo’s, Tokyo, Japan diorama maps are on the first floor on the west and north walls. This art consists of three, huge photomontages that each have at least 100, black & white images. These dioramas are approximately four feet square. This art creatively, and I assume accurately, depicts Tokyo from an eagle’s eye perspective.

Hamish Fulton’s works are on the first floor on the east wall. His displayed works are eight pieces. Scenes from his walks through Nepal, Switzerland, North America and South America are on display. The most dramatic is the poster at the south end of the east wall, which depicts the highest peak in North America-Denali and the highest peak in South America-Aconcagua. This poster is graphic design with the mountain peaks as Naturalism Style.

Liene Bosqué’s and Nicole Seisler’s works are also on the first floor in a separate, western gallery. Their work consists of seven, black & white photos in 11 in. x 14 in. frames. These photos depict street scenes from various cities. In addition, numerous, porcelain blocks containing impressions from participants in the representative cities are on shelves among the photos. This is Realism Style.

Paulein Oltheten’s works are also on the first floor, in a separate, northeastern gallery. Her works consist of 19 photos of human behavior. (Scattered among her works are at least three, video screens, but I am uncertain as to whether she installed these.)

Simryn Gill’s, black & white, Realism Style photos are in a separate, first floor, southeastern gallery. Her works total at least 800, four inches x six inches, silver gelatin prints that she displays in columns. The subjects are Marrickville, which is a Sydney, Australia suburb, people and scenes.

On the second floor are Odette England’s, seven, pigment prints that appear to be Fantasy Style or Surrealism Style. They have noticeable fissures and cracks, which are obviously artificial, in the foregrounds. The backgrounds are Australian, country scenes.

Jim Campbell’s, two pieces are on the third floor. His pieces are kinematic, electronic displays. In one, Motion & Rest, using blinking lights, he creates the illusion of a human man walking. In Fundamental Intervals (Commuters), shadowy, human figures cross, merge and move among still, human figures.

Most of the works for Of Walking represent art that visitors are unlikely to see at the Art Institute of Chicago. All of the works use photography. These art exhibits declare that photography is art. Of Walking will be on display until Dec. 20, 2013.


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