Live, Human Diorama Photo Shoot With The Artist And Models
JUNE 27 1 – 3 PM
Cocktail Reception With The Artist
JUNE 27 6 – 9 PM
555 Gallery is pleased to present The Human Diorama, a solo show of Bear
Kirkpatrick’s recent photographs, installations and moving portraits
including an in the gallery photo shoot experience with live models, mud,
bugs, grasses and landscape projection.
Kirkpatrick constantly meets the challenge of bringing us the wild yet
ethereal image. He defines his imagery as evidence…. documents of past
and present human psychological states. His dedication to research of
human experience has created an opportunity for gallery guests to dwell on
life as he interprets it. Via photography, projection, audio/video,
painting, drawing, and an extraordinary live photo experience
Kirkpatrick’s vision brings us into his wild world.
I believe we carry with us into this life more than simply the codes for
the present iteration of our limbs and eye color and liver size. If we
carry inherited physical and behavioral traits, wouldn’t we also carry
inherited traits of consciousness? We are all a learned thing - an
ever-gathering and ever-adjusting animal. It is those traits that I use
my camera to find, if only for 1/200th of a second. They are the ghosts
of presence and memory, the vestigial elements we carry within and about
us as invisibly as spirits.
The exhibition will include works from the series Early Settlers, clothed
mostly, portraits, of early American settlers, portraits of Kirkpatrick’s
own forbearers in their rich history of puritan ancestry, the series, The
Old Ones, and The Human Diorama.
This madness to hazard contact with the wild is constantly acted out in
the art of Bear Kirkpatrick. His project is to experience and question
what it means not merely to bide time in the worldly state, but far more
actively and intimately, to have and to hold an only world, unto death,
but in the expectation of new living creatures of awful energies.
Kirkpatrick's art, from its first conception to the full arrival of its
finished form, explores the ongoing adventure of creation one must take up
and sustain in order to inhabit a world of one's own, the sole world worth
~Brian Kubarycz, University of Utah
For more information and complete artist statements, bios and CVs please
contact Susan Nalband, Director, susan@555Gallery.com
857-496-7234 or visit the gallery’s website at www.555gallery.com
555 Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday 10am to 5:30pm and Saturday noon to 5pm.
555 Gallery 555 E 2ND STREET BOSTON, MA 02127