By capturing the paths of airplanes traversing the nighttime skies, Nachtfluge investigates relationships between motion, distance, and time. Taken between 2006 - 2011 near major airports in the United States, each photograph reflects upon our desire for escape.
Kopeikin Gallery is pleased to announce our first online exclusive exhibition with Artsy and photographer, Kevin Cooley.
By capturing the paths of airplanes traversing the nighttime skies, Nachtfluge investigates relationships between motion, distance, and time. Several minutes, sometimes even hours, may add up to construct a single image. The white streaks, created from airplane landing and navigation lights, mark the time it takes each flight to pass through the frame. In photographing from residential, and marginal areas immediately surrounding large commercial airports, the photographs reveal a sense of grace, solitude, and tranquility in contrast to otherwise hectic airport environments. Gone are the long lines, the anxieties, and even the massive planes themselves, as the images merely allude to their presence. The juxtaposition between landscape and airport reflects upon our desire for escape, aviation's impact on the environment, and the increasingly interconnected world in which we live.
Biography Cooley (b. 1975 Los Angeles) is a Los Angeles based multi-disciplinary artist. His photographic series Nachtfluge is currently on view at Portland International Airport, and At Light’s Edge is prominently featured in the most recent issue of Aesthetica Magazine. His work is in the permanent collections of The Guggenheim Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 21c Museum, The Nelson-Atkins Museum and The Museum of Photographic Arts.
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