Field Study


Join us Friday, August 7 for our opening reception of Field Study, co-juried by Katherine Ware, Curator of Photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art and Meg T. Noe, Curator and Director of Education at David Weinberg Photography. Field Study will remain open through the First Friday Gallery Walk in September and EXPO Chicago, and will have a closing reception during the Filter Photo Festival.

This exhibition will be hosted in support of Openlands, a nature conservation organization that works to protect the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region.

Additional programming and events for Field Study can be found here.

Image Credit: Millee Tibbs

Jurors Statement:

We forgot for a while, many of us, that we are not in charge of nature but a part of it. These days it’s harder and harder to ignore that we are subject to natural laws and not the other way around. Artists have been out in the field, making notes for us, on the remarkable state of affairs at this juncture in the Anthropocene age. In the eloquent photographs in this exhibition, artists reflect back to us our missteps and some of their consequences. They reveal the deep rift in our relationship with the world but also some points of deep connection. They introduce us to the sources of our food, water, and energy. They show us that we are a little ridiculous, a lot oblivious, but not entirely hopeless. We need to listen to them.

Katherine Ware

What can images tell us about our relationship with nature in an age of rapid mutation and drastic climate change? Lenses point to every terrain, questioning the value of green space where we have taken the resources of the earth for granted. And yet we are still ignited with that humbling sensation of being human, tangled in a web of organic life. We can’t deny our collective tendency to exoticize what is unfamiliar, and therefore other; and our cameras are certainly not immune from such framing devices. We look and analyze as land becomes increasingly foreign and subject to the impact of contemporary culture’s commodification, domestication, emulation, preservation and remembering. We speculate the boundaries of wilderness seen from planes, trains and automobiles. More and more, these images remind us of our temporality. Reflecting on portfolios of work depicting desecrated territories bejeweled with garbage and starry with streetlight, we can no longer avoid or postpone beckoning change. There is still an undeniable passion for the saintly, picturesque landscape even if partially obscured by the feeble hands of man. The images selected for Field Study hold a mirror to this ancestral fluctuating relationship. They conserve a desire for atonement and awe-inspired love for non-human life.

Meg T. Noe

Nelson Armour
Natalia Baluta
Sarah Christianson
Ciurej and Lochman
Rachel Cox
Karen Darling
Barbara Diener
Jessica Ekern
Adam Forrester
Dana Fritz
Cameron Gibson
Tytia Habing
William Harper
Lindsay Hutchens
Sandra Klein
Chrissy LaMaster
Adam Lampton
Cristen Leifheit
Janice Levy
Joyce Lopez
Holly Lynton
Sarah Malakoff
Carsten Meier
Angela Mittiga
Mayu Nagaoka
Paccarik Orue
Julie Pasila
Simon Pyle
Tealia Ellis Ritter
Rob Rocke
Ken Rosenthal
Zack Sabin
John Steck Jr.
Jamey Stillings
Suzanne E. Szucs
Millee Tibbs
Terri Warpinski


Exhibition Dates: August 7 – October 3
Opening Reception: Friday, August 7 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Festival Reception: Friday, September 25 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: David Weinberg Photography | 300 W. Superior St.