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Driving Cline Avenue

Emmett Kerrigan’s paintings are of the past.  In his second solo exhibition at the Linda Warren Gallery, Cline Ave, Kerrigan looks at the communities of Northwestern Indiana where industry was the driving force of these once thriving towns.


Whiting-2 by Emmett Kerrigan

He is drawn to the objects off the interstate we pass by.  Cline Ave, a thoroughfare that serves the steel mills and the communities that grew up around them.   His images are familiar, but his use of paint makes these structures fresh again.

Kerrigan is about technique and is very successful.  His layers upon layers of color trick the eye and provide depth.  For those that drive through NW Indiana or take Chicago Skyway, the perspective is immediately recognizable. As the buildings on Cline Avenue represent a community once thriving are now dismissed as outdated and not relevant. So it’s fitting that Kerrigan uses a medium that to some in the contemporary art world is considered outdated and not relevant.

Emmett Kerrigan’s exhibition is at the Linda Warren Gallery, 1052 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 through November28, 2009

  1. October 31, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    This is great. Will definitely be going to the gallery for a firsthand experience. The drive along the Skyway when going to visit clients in Gary off Cline Ave or to Michigan for getaways always makes me think of lives that were spent in and around these mills and how times have changed dramatically. Thanks for sharing!

    • October 31, 2009 at 4:18 pm

      This is a popular exhibition for those of us who drove through this part of the country. But even if you don’t know the area first hand, its a great show. Enjoy!

  2. December 26, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    very cool idea for a show. Cline Ave. is a very interesting street. I visit my wife’s family in Valparaiso each holiday and drive around when bored…

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