Dan Mills delves into the devastating numbers of threatened populations around the world and then converts them into chaotically beautiful cartographies.
CHICAGO — I had a strong urge to see some painting last weekend, so I decided to see what was showing at some of the commercial gallery spaces in the River North area of Chicago. With the El tracks running overhead, and the solid red-brick ex-industrial buildings, this district is similar in look and feel to Chelsea in New York City, but with fewer people on the streets, of course. There are about a dozen galleries clustered on the east-west streets branching off from North Franklin Street, about a mile due west of the John Hancock tower, specializing in everything from 20th C. masters to emerging international and American artists. I found three shows that fulfilled what I set out to see.