Anathallo is playing a concert at the 930 in a few days in support of their album Canopy Glow. Incidentally, the cover of that album is a painting by Tim Lowly, an artist from Chicago that had an exhibit at the 930 last year.
Lowly employs a photo-realist approach that coerces the viewer into seeing beauty in unexpected places. His favorite subject is his daughter Temma, who is severely handicap, both mentally and physically. The following quote by Lowly I think captures why I love his work so much.
"[W]e should advocate for eyes of compassion that see human beings as human beings, rather than separating them into the beautiful, the ugly, the normal, the freak.”