Feb 7th 2020

Dean La Prairie: Messenger: Closing Reception

@ Uri-Eichen Gallery

2101 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608

Opening Friday, February 7th, from 7PM - 9PM

On view through Friday, February 7th

Messenger – Dean La Prairie

Closing February 7th, 7pm-9pm

URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted Chicago IL 60608 info@URI-EICHEN.com

In the mid-nineties, when this project was shot over a two year period, the bike messenger was a common everyday fixture of the urban experience, a flesh and blood system of communication in a pre-internet world.

Although the familiar association the casual observer had of the messenger was one of perilous motion flitting through traffic, with a blasé disregard for its rules or conventions, La Prairie decided to approach it from the static convention of the portrait- he felt it was like asking anarchy to stand still for a moment and comb its hair.

He adopted the conventionality of the square format portrait because of its contrast in presenting fluid energy in repose, as well as the square’s challenge of presenting the messenger’s natural environment; the urban landscape.

Discussion 7:30 pm with Dean La Prairie, Short Film Screening Concrete Rodeo from Chip Williams

Open by appointment through February 7. For an appointment call (312) 852-7717

February: David Obermeyer

March: Curated by Tim Samuelson: Margaret Iannelli

April: The Social Movement Photography of David Bacon

Series 2020 May- October: The Erosion of Democracy in the USA.
Special Guest Amos Paul Kennedy on the Election in October.

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