Art+Poetry Chicago 2011
Art+Poetry Chicago Leading Entry:
|View from Chris' Window by Barbara Herrington
|Oil on Board
||16" wide by 20" tall
|caconline.org (Chicago Artist Coalition)
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:
Time to read the blind-slashed squares
of other people’s lives,
hieroglyphs in fading sun. Look:
the Tip Top Tap blinks on.