About Mark Ballogg
Mark Ballogg was raised in Chicago. He is a practicing photographic artist engaging the concept of community through investigating varied studio spaces and practices in Chicago. In doing so, he aims to navigate the threads between his own life and the notion of foundational studio practice as it relates to the making of artwork and his own presence within the canon. In 1983 he started a commercial photographic practice; allowing him to support his family while maintaining a more personal artistic notion. This balanced approach gifted him a unique insight into the power that photography holds in its ubiquity. His most recent book project, Making Space, consists of selected photographs and quotes derived from investigating 164 Chicagoland Artists and their studios. With this community’s support, he has fashioned his lived experience into the construction of his own artistic process. Simultaneously confronting his thoughts about art and art making on an intrinsic level, he hopes to leave a foundational path that others may follow to build their own unique yet universal creative spaces.