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“Chicago: One City Many Colors” is a new solo exhibit featuring the works of local photographer, Dimitre. Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago, is proud to showcase 18 pieces which portray the ever-changing landscape of Chicago. The exhibition will run from July 9 thru September 15. There will be an opening reception with the artist Thursday, July 11th from 6-9 PM. Reception and exhibition are free to the public.
The skyline, architecture and brilliant hues of the city of Chicago are the subject of the exhibition by award-winning photographer Dimitre. Chicago: One City, Many Colors offers a brilliant overview of the artist’s career with 18 signature portraits of his adopted hometown. Dimitre’s passionate landscapes do more than capture the city’s muscular beauty; they reveal a unique viewpoint that incites the mind and arouses inspiration and reverence.
Dimitre has lived and worked in Chicago for two decades, moving freely between the worlds of fine art, commercial art and architectural photography. His series of common perspective skylines, also titled One City, Many Colors, has been viewed by millions of people arriving at Midway Airport.
Over the course of five years, Dimitre took the same photograph from his studio window only to discover there was more to the scene that had initially seemed so mundane. As the days pass, the clouds shift, the light brightens and fades, the cars appear and disappear, people flow in and out of the shots. After five years even Dimitre changes. The city itself is pervasive, becoming a recurring character in this quotidian scene; a constant.
This exhibit aims for the audience to come away with an appreciation of the scenes that surround them every day. They will stop and smell the roses and realize there is no need to travel far and wide to find beautiful landscapes. “We need to look at what is right before our eyes and learn to appreciate that which is unique to us and only us,” Dimitre explains. “We can then share our perspective with others in a way that is fresh and exciting.”
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This monumental photograph depicts the Chicago skyline from the broken and battered windows of an old grain elevator. This is not the overwrought imagery marketed to tourists, but a reinterpretation of the iconic skyline transformed by an atypical perspective. The sharp contrast between the busted windows and dark interior of the grain elevator is striking when juxtaposed to the sprawling bright city in the distance.
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In this piece, Dimitre captures the luminescent faces of three Chicago skyscrapers. With the evening sun glancing off its windows, the Willis Tower becomes a radiant rainbow, a stirring contrast to the Hancock Tower’s steely gray face and the violet sky. A deep orange sunrise silhouetting the Trump Tower fills the last third of this triptych, joined with the others in the artist’s signature stitching technique.
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The culmination of the exhibition is a new wall panel consisting of 54 images showing the view from Dimitre’s latest studio taken over the course of one year. While each image depicts a different day, mood, feeling and thought, together they express a continuity representing a fuller, more visceral and more satisfying portrait of a city through time.
The Jackson Junge Gallery features the work of Laura Lee Junge and other contemporary artists. The Gallery is open every day of the week, free of charge. Hours are Monday thru Saturday: 11am – 8pm, Sunday: 12 Noon – 5pm. For more information, visit www.J2Gallery.com.