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.