• Jan Theun Van Rees: One Wall Away, Chicago's Hidden Spaces

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    Jan Theun van Rees: One Wall Away, Chicago’s Hidden Spaces
    12 x 12 inches
    107 Pages, Hardcover
    47 Four-Color Plates
    Publisher: U.S. Equities Realty (2007)
    ISBN:        978-0-9762914-1-1

    "This book is a voyage into some of the spaces in Chicago building and structures that were never intended to be seen, much less photographed. The hidden space I was able to photograph - not perceived by most observers as part of the overall design - are the negative spaces."   -Jan Theun Van Rees

    Photography may be best at recording surfaces, supporting the belief—at least at first glance—that the world around us is just what it seems with no hidden underpinnings. Traditionally, architectural photographers take this idea even further, correcting perspective, eliminating background distractions, and waiting for that perfect fifteen minutes of daylight in order to make the façade look like the architect’s drawing. Jan Theun van Rees has broken through these conventions and gone beneath the visible skin of iconic buildings in Chicago. In a sense, he has made the buildings transparent, allowing us access to the seemingly chaotic and asymmetrical service spaces and structural components that support the elegant exteriors. The book features an introduction by Rod Slemmons, former director of the MoCP.

    Since 2003, Van Rees has been working alternately in Amsterdam and Chicago. In Amsterdam he focuses on dismantled spaces in cultural institutions, which has resulted in several commissions, including the Stedelijk Museum, Museum of Jewish History, and the City Archive; while in Chicago he continues to photograph hidden spaces. In 2007 Van Rees’s monograph One Wall Away: Chicago's Hidden Spaces was published by US Equities in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Photography, where he had an exhibition with the same title.

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