Ice Cubes / Square Ice Cubes / Machine-made Ice Cubes, 2003
This series came about as a result of being assigned the task of capturing “the best of Chicago at night”. Attempts at night photography failed to do justice to the cold complexity of Chicago, so I turned to my stronger, more abstract tendencies. These images are enlargements of photograms of ice cubes. Enlarged to show the details, each contains a surprising universe of organic forms and flaws. They reflect my relationship to Chicago at night in many ways: they are and portray the cold and darkness of night; they symbolize the social environment of Chicago; they are formed by and also sometimes form grids, like the map of Chicago itself, and; they reference the particularly cubic and modular nature of Chicago’s vast architectural history.