URBAN QUILT | Angie McMonigal
Art is an expression of the soul. In the city that built the first skyscraper, the lines that structure the urban landscape run north and south, east and west thus creating ‘the grid’. However, the most striking lines are the ones that run from street to sky. The facades of Chicago’s imposing towers make up this whole other grid, composed of windows, beams, balconies, pillars, rooflines.
Angie McMonigal started to see this grid as a quilt because she doesn't see individual buildings standing there as just imposing towers of steel. She sees a patchwork: different colors, different textures, different materials, different architectural styles, all pieced together.
According to McMonigal, "When I started photographing the city as an urban quilt, I became more aware of the way these buildings preserve different moments from our history. My photographs flatten out the miles between the streets and erase the years that separate one construction project from the next. It’s all stitched together now on a single plane."
Focusing on bold architectural details rather than sweeping cityscapes, her photographs celebrate those unexpectedly iconic elements hiding in plain sight. An award-winning fine art photographer, McMonigal's work has been internationally exhibited and published. Recently, her Urban Quilt series became part of the Catherine Edelman Gallery’s Chicago Project
The exhibition will be on display April 5th through the 29th with an opening reception on Saturday, April 7th from 5-7 p.m. There will be a conversation with the artist on Thursday, April 19th at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.