Transit group art show to feature CTA disaster scenes

It's not every day that I can combine my love of the CTA with my love of innovative art.

Artwork by Nick Fury.

Artwork by Nick Fury.

We can all do that this weekend when Vertical Gallery presents TRANSIT, a group art show all about trains, subways & bridges. The show runs from June 7 to 28, with an opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. this Saturday, June 7. For this exhibition, the gallery at 1016 N. Western Ave. selected artists who use a wide range of mediums including paper collage, glass making, photography, painting, found objects, mixed-media, model trains, etc.

Artwork by Nick Fury.

Artwork by Nick Fury.

Of note is Chicago artist Nick Fury, who bases all of his work on CTA experiences. Using white-out tape on paper, he has created a new collection of CTA disaster scenes. Let's hope all the disaster scenes aren't based on his own experiences.

Other artists include:

  • Washington, DC-based Tim Conlon was featured and curated the G scale train exhibit in the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art’s, Art in The Streets survey of graffiti and street art. Conlon will bring his famous model trains and large-format paintings to the exhibition.
  • New York City artist Cope2 crosses between art world, mainstream and street culture alike. One of New York City's most legendary prolific graffiti artists, he began tagging his name in the South Bronx since 1978. Cope2 brings his raw energy into abstract masterpieces, intertwined with his trademark bubble letters and tags on subway maps.

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  • The second one is obviously the Blue Line train climbing the steps at O'Hare.

    If he did any research, there is a fertile source of real live ones, like the L train falling off the structure at Lake and Wabash, several fires on the South Main, the runaway train at Congress and Harlem, and other examples (such as the North Shore train crashing into the back of a wooden L train) which he can easily find at Then he can get into commuter rail ones, such as the heavy IC train plowing into the back of the Highliners at 47th.

  • In reply to jack:


  • Don't forget the 63rd/State streetcar wreck in May 1950 where a speeding Green Hornet ran into a gasoline truck, killing 34, partially due to bars on the windows that trapped people inside.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    That reminds me that someone posted somewhere pictures of an Englewood L train taking out a building while derailing on one of the curves.

  • Forgot the most important C.T.A. disaster. "The Ventra Card Roll Out"

  • To all. The CTA/CRT Disaster Series starts from the late 1800's. Many will be displayed at the Vertical Gallery. Yes I have piece of the Lake/Wabash derailment. Also the gallery will feature my Noise Pollution Series, that represents when I lived in Wicker Park in the 1990's on Milwaukee Ave. The train ran directly behind the loft. In the beginning the noise was unbearable. All transit fans are invited.

  • In reply to NICK FURY:

    Speaking of being adjacent to L noise, will you have Carrie Fisher blowing up Elwood's flophouse? :-)

  • Yeah, A love for cta, but not it's workers.

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