Ben Fasman, DJ and bar manager of Big Star is plumbing the depths of:
Fish-Work: The Bering Sea Long before Deadliest Catch was a hit TV show, Corey Arnold was a fledgling photographer trying to pay back art school loans. He got a job on a deep-sea crabbing boat and managed to document his years spent deep in the Bering Sea in his book, Fish-Work.
Visions of ends-of-the-earth oceans so vast that they almost seem apocalyptic coexist with shots of what life is actually like for these men who perform the most dangerous job in America: swells the size of buildings, hilarious high jinks, industrial steel rigging covered with what seems an insurmountable layer of ice, and maniacal amounts of dead crabs, circling gulls, and a myriad of other sea creatures.
I know it sounds trite but images of nature this untamed and volatile still inspire awe in a city kid like me. He and Cody Hudson had a brilliant two-man show here a few years back; local gallery owners, consider this my plea to bring his work back to Chicago.