Positioning himself atop parking garages and behind the windows of office buildings and hotels that place him at mid-height, John Dowell satisfies his craving for dense urban skyscraper beauty by shooting clear and reposeful color cityscapes at dusk and in the dead of night, emphasizing the glittering windows that surround him and sometimes granting us a distant peek inside. Dowell confects his most tantalizing eye candy at the last fading glimmers of dusk, when the lights gleam against softly hued skies. Drawn to Atlanta and Chicago, Dowell’s takes of our very sweetest home (as it appears to be under his lens) reach their zenith in his image of the garishly illuminated Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s fronting a phalanx of twinkling towers that stand behind it like corporate sentinels. Far from sending up the fast-food emporium, Dowell looks down on it as a treasure of our times that is there to amaze and delight, as might a wonder of the world. (Michael Weinstein)
Through April 23 at Schneider Gallery, 230 West Superior.