Chicago artist Gwendolyn Zabicki spent several months making oil paintings outside at night in her Logan Square neighborhood. These were quick, small paintings inspired by the Bosnian-American novelist Aleksandar Hemon. He wrote that Chicago “was built not for people to come together, but for them to be safely apart.”
He argued that in an attempt to build individual freedom, privacy, and independence into the urban landscape, the city’s planning and architecture instead reinforce loneliness and isolation. We can see evidence of life happening around us, but feel shut out of the private lives of others. Zabicki’s work takes what is briefly glimpsed, hinting at the lives of others who will forever remain unknown to us.