Mark Ballogg
Making Space
Mark Ballogg
Making Space

Chase Gallery at Epiphany Center for the Arts

November 18, 2022 to January 7, 2023

 

Making Space is a four-year project in which Photographer Mark Ballogg documented 164 artist studios in Chicago culminating in a book to be published in 2022. Each studio visit consisted of two hours of photography followed by an hour of recorded conversation with the artist. Before visiting each studio, Ballogg familiarized himself with each artist and their work through online research. Those insights along with ideas gleaned during the studio photography form the framework for each conversation. The studios are thus explored as a reflection of artists and their practices.

In November of 2018, Mark Ballogg visited the Lincoln Park studio of Sculptor Richard Hunt. Since 1971, Richard has worked on his sculpture and drawings in a former Chicago Transit Authority power substation. The scale and visual complexity of Richard’s studio overflowed with possibilities. That visit was the inspiration to create a series of images of the spaces artists use to conceive of and make their work. After fleshing out the idea and reviewing several existing photo books on artists’ studios, he realized the potential to create visually engaging images that uniquely expressed the scope, individuality, and function of artist’s spaces. The addition of artists quotes which will be included as excepts in the upcoming book helped create a more insightful and nuanced body of work.

In the process of creating Making Space, both the temperament of creative people and the character of the region where they work was revealed. A wide range of artists, in all aspects of gender, practice, and defining circumstances are included, and the conversations touch on all things Art; from the individual artists’ relationship with their studio and practice, to such questions as what is art and why make art. The result is a book with intermingling narratives illuminating the intersections of thoughts and structures, of stories and circumstances, and ambitions and their material realization.

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About the artist
About the artist

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. After receiving an undergraduate degree in photography from Columbia College Chicago, Ballogg lived in Paris on a 13-month scholarship. Inspired by his Paris sojourn, he produced a body of work, Pere Lachaise, published in 2015 – discovering his love for bookmaking in the process. Returning from Paris 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. A loving husband and proud father of two sons, Ballogg has shifted his life experiences and practices inward: to a more personal reflection of his creative practice. 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.

About the artist

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. After receiving an undergraduate degree in photography from Columbia College Chicago, Ballogg lived in Paris on a 13-month scholarship. Inspired by his Paris sojourn, he produced a body of work, Pere Lachaise, published in 2015 – discovering his love for bookmaking in the process. Returning from Paris 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. A loving husband and proud father of two sons, Ballogg has shifted his life experiences and practices inward: to a more personal reflection of his creative practice. 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.