Having cut his photographic teeth on the steel bars of raw and dreary prisons, Scott Fortino now shows his meditative side in color images of lonely vistas of Lake Michigan, soft-focused flowers, and empty and spare modernist interiors, all peaceful, yet replete with flourishes of bold hues and edgy composition that save them from the pages of a glossy magazine. Fortino’s images arrest attention by virtue of the play that he sets up between dreamy contexts of earth, air and water, and the spiky details within them. In Fortino’s most striking image, we see a pier jutting out from the lake shore under a deep blue-black night sky that is streaked by jagged wiry white-light lines that look like aggressive scratches vandalizing the print; with Fortino, disruption is always close to hand. (Michael Weinstein)
Through February 1 at City Gallery, 806 N. Michigan, (312)742-2783.