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Occupied/Vacant: Photographs by Todd Anderson at Space900 Gallery

February 4th, 2022 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Occupied/Vacant focuses on places which may be empty but show the evidence of human activity, and places that bring people together for a brief time. Viewed from above, an empty rooftop, devoid of any intention to be a recreation area, displays two chairs and a table randomly abandoned. An empty hallway that seems endless, lonely roads and the remains of former movie theatres suggest the convergence of loss and beauty. Beaches, vehicles, and airplanes may be momentarily occupied but are vacant most of the time.
In all of the photos, Anderson shows a great sensitivity to detail and composition.

A highlight of the exhibit is an installation of 200 photos of vacant urinals from a multitude of different places including, gas stations, restaurants, museums and recreations centers. Anderson is interested in how what is familiar at one point in time becomes a curiosity at another. The variety of urinals is visually interesting and very familiar to men who take them for granted. To women, the images are strange and curious. They emphasize a cultural difference and remind us, in the most basic way, how easy it is to be unaware of the diverse cultures.

February 5 – 28, 2022
Space 900 Gallery, 816 Dempster St., Evanston, IL 60201
Opening Reception: Friday, February 4, 5:00- 8:00 pm; Saturday, February 5, noon-6:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday through Saturday, Noon – 5:00 or by appointment

Contact: Joanna Pinsky e-mail at:


February 4th, 2022
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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