Thirty years ago renowned photographer of the Midwestern landscape, Terry Evans, began her career shooting close-up black-and-white images of Kansas prairie grass in all the glory of its endless unkempt variety. Now Evans has returned to that initial series, combining her images into horizontal triptychs that include private shots of friends and her dog, who accompanied her on her adventure. Originally a documentary of a land survey, Evans’ present intention is personal and poetic, yet her “scroll” strategy and the intrusion of aliens into the dense clumps of vegetation detract and distract from the intense meditative effect of each of the pure aesthetic documents, forcing viewers to think of connections when they would be better off simply giving themselves over to delightful delineated lushness and the subtleties of the gray scale. Evans has always been at her best when she lets her subject’s body forth and keeps herself out of the picture, and that remains the case. (Michael Weinstein)
Through June 20 at the Environmental Law and Policy Center, 35 E. Wacker, Suite 1300, (312)673-6500.