Artist to Artist: Steve Liska

A couple of months ago I dropped by to see Steve Liska in his Chicago studio. It had been a while since my last visit, which took place at his old office in a different building.

I’m no stranger to Chicago but I’d never taken notice of the building where Steve’s company is located now. Of course, that’s my loss because it’s famous for its architecture and some of its former occupants.

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy founded the School of Design there and a guy name Hugh Hefner was in residence for a time in the building.

There’s a vibe of creativity in the air that extends into the Liska studio. It’s a place that mixes technology with the legacy of the craft of design. I found it refreshing to see shelf after shelf of design books, not to mention an actual tabletop photography set.

In short, it’s a place for the making of great work.

That was a perfect backdrop for a great conversation about the commercial creation of functional art.

If you’re unfamiliar with the work Liska + Associates, the blog Steve writes will tell the story much better than I ever could.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies. 

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