"Each spring and fall, in the safety of darkness, migratory birds journey for thousands of miles. Many travel astounding distances between Northern Canada and South America. They follow routes called flyways. The Mississippi Flyway follows our waterways and passes right over Chicago. Sadly, every year, in one square mile of downtown Chicago, thousands strike our lighted shiny buildings and die. Across North America billions die."
I had come to the Notebaert on the recommendation of someone who had seen a particular art exhibit, one that featured chocolate. Unfortunately, I was too late for the chocolate.
The exhibit had changed. Going up in its place was a series of woodcut prints, also of birds, by Catherine Game.
Her "Red-tailed Hawk" appealed to me in particular for its powerful composition and unusual perspective.
Photographer David Mayhew specializes in chasing extreme weather conditions and his photographs demonstrate the dramatic nature of his pursuits (above and below.)
|Fields of Glory|
Yet another photographer rounds out the list of current exhibitors at Notebaert. David Shea hails from New York.
Shea's work, called Plume, is decidedly more political than the others. He "traces the journey of coal from mines in West Virginia to power plants in southeastern Ohio." According to the wall text he intends to "record the impact of the power plants on the environment and the people living nearby."
|Bill Jones Camping on the Ohio|
And some still fluttering around.