“The extremely narrow pursuit of one’s personal taste,” photography. Obsessed with putting her tastes on display, Shawnee Barton spent a day walking around Chicago visiting her favorite restaurants, taking nibbles and color Polaroid shots along the way, compiling a diary, collecting wrappers and counter checks, and drawing a map of her gustatory travels, all of which appear here, except for the comestibles. Decidedly a downscale diner, Barton is partial to storefront taquerias, bagel joints and assorted other independent small-time eateries. Her snapshots mirror her haunts and are often out of focus and deliberately uncomposed, and sometimes even blotched by white-outs from uncontrolled glare. Barton’s aesthetic is epitomized by an off-hand shot of a crumpled paper bag from Harold’s Chicken Shack that is smeared with greasy brown sauce. Self-indulgence is Barton’s trademark, and she is guaranteed to offend the fastidious and to make the rest of us laugh with her. (Michael Weinstein)
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