The Walks is a preamble for future explorations into Chicago areas. For this fledgling series Céleste Cebra undertook four walks totaling twenty-four miles through Chicago’s Historic Parks and Boulevard System and along the lakefront.**
Whilst walking, the artist was able to contemplate a range of issues; the immediate urban context, larger concepts of urbanity, the scale and connection of green spaces within the broader territory, transitional zones in a contemporary society, as well as the act of walking and making the walk a destination in and of itself.
Cebra is concerned with multifarious camera viewpoints, as demonstrated through the large volume of fragmented imagery accrued during the walks. The artist’s methodology employed the automatic timer of the camera, set to pre-determined intervals. This element of time was not a focal point; it was more a manner of distancing Cebra from lining up pieces of the park-scape and surrounds in the viewfinder. As Cebra became accustomed to the rhythm of the timed shutter she worked with it, at times standing still in anticipation to capture a clear image. At other times the sense of motion in her stride and movement of the camera is unmistakable.
The images, formatted onto a multitude of cards, allow the viewer to have a non-linear experience of the journeys that can be held in the palm of their hand.
Hailing from Sydney, Australia, a nation with both overlapping and divergent ideals to the United States, the artist is coming to terms with the simultaneous beauty and reality of components that make up the city of Chicago.
** Cebra walked from Logan Square across the green boulevard linked parks: Palmer Square, Humboldt Park, Garfield Park, Douglas Park, McKinley Park, Gage Park, Sherman Park, Washington Park and along the Midway Plaisance up to 41st Street Beach.
The Walks (A, B, C & D) 2017, 680 archival photographic prints on card, 3.5” x 2.3”