Monday, March 24, 2008

You Should Know... Doug Fogelson

Photographer + FFP Founder/Director, Doug Fogelson, is Chicago Magazines' Person to Know in their April 2008 issue. Read the article by Gina Bazer below:

It would be easy to say that Chicago photographer Doug Fogelson is having his moment: After ten years of shooting bread-and-butter commercial projects while doing art photography on the side, art has finally eclipsed commerce. His oeuvre has been featured at museums such as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles; private collectors are adding Fogelsons to their Shermans and Struths; and he's consistently landing solo shows in galleries and small museums from coast to coast.

"I still haven't had a solo show at a major museum, though," jokes the 37-year-old, who lives in Ukranian Village with his wife and son. But, if Fogelson's "moment" is anything like the moments he photographs, then it might take a few more frames to get the full picture. Unlike many photographers who seek to capture time, Fogelson is obsessed with extending it, which he does by taking multiple shots of his subjects- be they leaves, waves, or people- from different perspectives or at different time intervals, without fully advancing the film between frames. The result is a collection of filmstrip-like tableaus composed of overlapping frames. They depict everything from people on a street corner to clouds in the sky, all bumping up against one another, all hyper-existing, all squeezing into a linear moment created by Fogelson himself.

"It's a simple mechanism of the camera that I'm exploiting," says Fogelson, who is committed to working with other artists. He has incorporated his photographs into large-scale light fixtures for Collaboraction theatre company and into a credenza for the local furniture designer Michael Koehler. Even Fogelson's day job, running Front Forty Press, a four-employee-strong art book publishing house, is rooted in the promotion of other artists. Last year, after publishing and distributing four titles, including Short Stories Illustrated by Artists (the title sums it up) and Graffitecture, featuring Fogelson's own architecture photography artfully "defaced" by graffiti artists whom he commissioned, the small house landed distribution through the University of Chicago Press. In April, Front Forty will release The Hole, by the artist John Jennings and writer Damian Duffy, a graphic novel that Fogelson describes as "a tome on race, voodoo, and consumer culture, written as much for the hight-level academician as it is for the comic book enthusiast. It's so radical, it takes a little while to wash through your consciousness." Just give it an (extended) moment.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Front Forty in Chicago Home + Garden Magazine

Front Forty Press' Green Dynamite gets a mention in the "buzz" section of the March/April 2008 edition of Chicago Home + Garden! Read the article by Taryn Bickley below.

Seed Money -
Turn over a new leaf this spring with local independent publisher Front Forty Press's Green Dynamite, $10. The biodegradable tubes contain seeds of more than 50 of the Chicago area's native wildflowers and grasses - enough to spread over an estimated 400 sqare feet. The seeds are easy to plant (sorry - there's no actual explosion) and satisfying in more ways than one: Proceeds from sales of the packets are donated to local green organizations.
Available at Sprout Home, 745 N. Damen Ave., 312-226-5950.

Green Dyamite is also available at the following locations: Grand Street Gardens, Hejfina, Healthy Green Goods, Ethical Planet, &