Abraham Ritchie, ArtSlant: Chicago Editor
Chicago, July 2010 — Ray Noland is perhaps better known here in Chicago as CRO, the street name of this artist whose work can be seen all over Chicago, indoors and out. Noland gained attention with his grassroots campaign for the 2008 election “GoTellMama.” Politics has remained a major source of inspiration for Noland especially considering that shortly after Obama’s victory in 2008, then-Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested on a myriad of corruption charges. Currently Blagojevich is in the middle of his Federal trial stemming from those charges, creating a spectacle of justice that French theorists would have a field day with. I caught up with Ray Noland outside of Chicago’s Mies van der Rohe-designed Federal courthouse in the middle of Chicago’s downtown area, while Noland passed out Blagojevich-themed cupcakes to the public as the trial went on inside the building. Read More Here!