Art+Poetry Chicago 2011

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Art+Poetry Chicago Leading Entry:
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View from Chris' Window by Barbara Herrington
Oil on Board 16" wide by 20" tall
2011
caconline.org (Chicago Artist Coalition)

Barbara Kay Herring is a Chicago painter and has studied at the historic Tree Studios and the Palette & Chisel Academy of Art.  She has exhibited with the Plein Air Painters of Chicago and in selected Chicago Artist Coalition venues. Recent exhibitions in include Palette Chisel Gold Medal show  (2011); Clark Street Images, Art de Triumph (May 2011); Gethsemane Art Festival (August, 2011) Edgewater Art Festival (2010); Southport Art Walk (2010). Her work can be seen on the Chicago Artist Coalition website.  She can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Statement: The images I respond to are shapes and angles; light and shadows; people caught in a moment. This city provides a multiplicity of images like that.   The lake, L-trains, water tanks*, brick buildings and yellow wrecking cranes are all part of a visual landscape that is constantly shifting.

Like a shifty, ingratiating ghost,
mist leans against the Hancock Building.
This condo strips me down for death.
No room for books, piano, desk
I wrote my dissertation on. Sixty stories up,

what I’ve got is distance. Windows open on
absence and awnings,
flags striped in bird’s egg blue, metal igloos
roosting on the roof,
buses like jerky canoes in concrete canyons:
portraits
of air.
Time to read the blind-slashed squares
of other people’s lives,
hieroglyphs in fading sun. Look:

the Tip Top Tap blinks on.