The title of this group of photographs is an enthusiastic mis-appropriation of Jacques Lacan’s work on the development of ego and language in individuals. In this adaptation, the nurturing voice and actions of the mother are replaced by the United States financial system (as epitomized by the Chicago financial district); and the wide-eyed new infant is replaced by an aging, white, male body that attempts to fit into the spaces between buildings. Michel Foucault, Henri Lefebvre and Jane Jacobs can be found haunting the work, as these images juxtapose the relative value and mutual influence of bodies, space and capital structures.
Tom Denlinger was born in Los Angeles, California, and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, where he teaches photography and drawing at DePaul University. He has a master of fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mr. Denlinger is a photographer who has had solo exhibitions in New York, Italy, and Chicago, and has been in group exhibitions in Seoul, Madrid, and Frankfurt, Germany. The latter of these produced a 24-page catalog in October, 2000. He has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Kunstlerhaus in Hamburg, Germany, the Artadia organization, and the City of Chicago. He has been reviewed in Art in America, Artforum Online, Frankfurt Allgemeine, Szene-Hamburg, the New Art Examiner and Art Papers, and has been collected by the MCA in Chicago, Art Frankfurt, the MacArthur Foundation, the University of Iowa, LaSalle Bank, and JP Morgan Chase. He is also author of the book Territorial By Design.