Archive for February, 2010

In My Studio:

February 21st, 2010 2 comments

Western …

Has a long History locating first principles, origins, truth, author and identity. Now we are looking for whom to blame.

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fb: Jerry Saltz: Awaiting Friend Confirmation: His Geographical Move

February 19th, 2010 No comments

Perhaps the most important lesson from this dialogue is were it is occurring.

Update – Friendship Confirmed (Feb. 18 2:54 pm): I’ve been given entry to this gated community.

In My Studio: A few Preserved Paintings

February 19th, 2010 No comments

A few preserved works from a recent studio disaster.

Categories: In My Studio

Infographics: Chart Wars

February 15th, 2010 No comments

The Political Power of Data Visualization

Categories: Information Graphics

In My Studio: A Revitalization Plan

February 9th, 2010 No comments

About a month ago I had a string of disasters in my studio. I suppose this is not an unfamiliar occurrence in one’s career. This happened during the holiday’s while I was inattentive to my studio. At the time I was not in a condition to deal with it, nor was I ready to pick-up the pieces. To date I still haven’t gone in there to clean things up, but I plan to soon. I’ve been waiting for a change in perspective that would allow me to look at what I can save, and what good I can pull out of it. I’m just about there and I am actually excited about the prospect of getting to work again. The photos above were taken in the early fall.

Categories: In My Studio

Conflating Apartheid

February 3rd, 2010 1 comment

There is not doubt I tend to conflate the political economy on the southern shores of Lake Michigan with Israel’s occupation & settlement of Palestinian land. Granted there are significant limits to this comparison. Yet, it is clear the concentration of negative externalities attributable to our nation’s heavy industrial base seriously impairs our fence line communities and is very much a scar on the values of Democracy we hold dear. Simply put, Democracy does not exist here.

Existing Conditions:

  • Arguably the most polluted waters in the country – the Indiana Harbor Shipping Canal (IHSC): The only waterway to fail all beneficial uses.
    • Joerse Beach: most contaminated beach in the Great Lakes and third most in the country.
  • Arguably the most polluted air-shed in the country – Lake county indiana’s air-shed ranks as the 9th most polluted in the country (of 3140 counties) with the sources of pollution attributed to the three big industries concentrated on East Chicago’s lakefront – BP, Mittal Steel, and U.S. Steel.
  • A Gated Industrial Community with >80% of East Chicago’s land-use is dedicated to heavy industry – ~50% of these industrial lands are out of productive use and considered contaminated, e.g., brownfields
    • 14% of East Chicago’s land-use is dedicated Residential – ~17% of these residential properties are apart of a superfund site.

When I look at the impact our nation’s heavy industrial base has had on the local populations, culture, land, air, water and biology in my community, I see a misapplication of rights and justice – environmental justice. This prompts me to identify the problems with the fragmented pattern of land use, populations, and the expression of political will seen in the mapping of Palestinian lands.

Categories: International

View of Lake Michigan: Twilight on S. Route 41

February 2nd, 2010 No comments
Categories: View of Lake Michigan

Ice Skating on Chicago’s Southside

February 1st, 2010 No comments
Categories: Misc