Samarov is an artist and writer and this exhibit is of drawings and paintings created while driving a taxi in Chicago. He has a recently published book on the subject, Hack: Stories From A Chicago Cab. A good deal of the paintings are gouache.
Samarov’s blog is also well worth a look. He was born in the Soviet Union and came to the USA in 1978. He received a BFA in painting and printmaking at the School of the Art Instituted. He then took that degree and hard work and began driving a cab.
His work has been shown all over Chicago and used in numerous publications. If you live in the city you have almost certainly seen it somewhere. I can barely imagine the horror of driving a cab in Chicago.