Steve Geer’s latest series, “From the Ground Up,” challenges our view of the familiar as he reflects on the city as a looking-glass world. In Lewis Carroll’s, Through the Looking-Glass, Alice finds a world that is familiar and yet not quite right. After reading a poem in the looking-glass world, she notes: “Somehow it seems to fill my head with ideas – only I don’t exactly know what they are!” Seeing something we don’t quite understand gets us thinking.
People stare as Steve Geer kneels in puddles with a tripod-mounted camera pointing at the ground. He is staring too, but at shapes and tones and textures in a looking-glass world. For Geer, that world is the city. It’s a place in which almost every square inch has been utilized for some human purpose. A landscape made from the earth, its ingredients separated and reconfigured to form a new environment. In his series, From the Ground Up, he uses reflections to explore this environment; looking down to see what’s up. By keeping both the ground and the reflection in focus, the city is shown as a complex multi-layered place.
According to Geer, “In the initial phase of this project, I focused on the center of Chicago, an area within walking distance of my home. This led to the series, Chicago through the Looking Glass, which was exhibited in 2016.” The present exhibit, From the Ground Up, grew from that and includes, in addition to images from a larger area of Chicago, images from other cities.
Also on display during April will be a collection of portraits by member-artists of Perspective Gallery.
The exhibition runs March 30 – April 30, 2017, at Perspective Gallery in Evanston. An opening reception will take place on Saturday, April 1, 5-7 p.m. An artist talk/discussion is scheduled for Thursday, April 13, 7-8 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.