David Schalliol and Isolated Buildings of Chicago

David Schalliol

David Schalliol cap­tures us with his unex­pec­ted angle. His art involves archi­tec­ture, soci­ology, his­tory and pho­to­graphy. I chose to talk about this author because pho­to­graphy in his hands is just one piece of a big­ger thing. And that piece helps to depict and ana­lyse the con­text. Maybe these pic­tures, done in Chicago, will attract you with its aes­thet­ics, but there is a lot more in it.

David Schalliol

David Schalliol is American who spent a part of his life study­ing soci­ology. During the last few years he explored sur­round­ings in the vicin­ity of Chicago, researched ques­tions about loc­al­ity, tried to under­stand his­tor­ical, polit­ical and archi­tec­tural con­texts of the city, and inter­viewed local res­id­ents. Photographs added to this post are series of “Isolated Building Studies“. We know really well which part of the city is con­sidered pres­ti­gi­ous, which is sub­urbs and where youth like to gather. Probably every one of us has noticed that there are build­ings which are like for­eign bod­ies, they look like they were left here for no reason at all, lost their func­tion, or maybe didn’t even had one, and now are serving a dif­fer­ent pur­pose alto­gether. They are some­how dif­fer­ent, maybe they are ali­en­ated, maybe aban­doned, maybe remind­ing about already for­got­ten his­tor­ical period, maybe just unsolved archi­tec­tural dilemma..

David Schalliol

David Schalliol

Buildings that are out of gen­eral city­scape con­text are doc­u­mented really accur­ately in these pic­tures. Not only they tell a story about every single his­tor­ical path, but also remind us all that we should be inter­ested in what is hap­pen­ing around us, what happened before and what will hap­pen in the future. The main prob­lem about con­tem­por­ary archi­tec­ture is that when archi­tect gets com­mis­sioned, he thinks only about his pro­ject as indi­vidual cre­ation, which has to look good, clean and mainly be wanted. Not many people think about gen­eral face of the city. At the same time pho­to­graphy only serves as advert­ise­ment and nice mater­ial for present­ing the projects.

Exploration of aban­doned and isol­ated build­ings is very inter­est­ing and fas­cin­at­ing. It can give you a lot of answers and ques­tions about soci­ety, social­ity and local neigh­bour­hood. Next time you hurry to your train sta­tion I sug­gest tak­ing a closer look at aban­doned places and spaces around you, just think what happened to it and what will prob­ably hap­pen soon. You will be sur­prised of how many ideas you can get out of it.

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