Musician and artist Wesley Willis prolifically documented his hometown of Chicago, capturing the architecture and activity of the city using ballpoint pens, felt tips and colored pencils. This zine is a third in a series that documents his work, with the preceding volumes focussing on highways and cityscapes.
A series of small untitled drawings in blue ink from the early 80's depict big rigs, tractor trailers, rolling stock, and transit-authority buses in profile and isometric views. His sketches, often in color, explore almost obsessively the congested freeway which connects Chicago’s South Side with the city’s downtown – a metaphor for his wish to bridge the two worlds.
At age of 28, Willis began to hear voices. He called then his "demons." According to him writing, performing and recording help to keep quiet the voices in his head. Wesley Willis died on August 21, 2003, at age 40 in Skokie, Illinois. Delmes & Zander Cologne in Cologne first showed the work of Wesley Willis in Germany in 2013 and has represented the artist ever since.
Softcover, 16 color offset pages, 7.6 inches x 10 inches, Nieves/Rollo Press, 2016.