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VIEW BELOW by M A CRAMER, 2014

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"FLYING OVER DOWNTOWN CHICAGO I BEGAN TO FOCUS ON THE VIEW OUTSIDE MY WINDOW. WHAT STARTED AS A PANORAMIC VIEW SOON BECAME MAGNIFIED AS MY FOCUS SHIFTED TO NEIGHBORHOODS, THEN INDIVIDUAL BLOCK AND STREET INTERSECTION. THIS SIMPLISTIC VIEW BELOW REMINDED ME OF THE MODERN ART FORMS AS THEY WERE INTRODUCED TO ME IN THE 1960'S. THE STREETS DEPICTED IN THIS QUILT ARE ACTUALLY NEAR THE ART INSTITUTE ON MICHIGAN AVENUE. LIKE MANY WHO STRUGGLE TO READ A STREET MAP, I REVERSED THE ACTUAL LAYOUT OF THE DESIGN SO THAT THE VIEWER MAY HAVE DIFFICULTY INDENTIFYING THE ACTUAL STREETS INSPIRED IN THIS QUILT DESIGN. THE QUILTING DESIGN CHOOSEN DEPICTS THE FLIGHT PATHS THAT TAKE PLACE OVER THESE STREETS EACH DAY." BEECHER, Illinois, United States 28" x 36"