Place a seasoned fine art photographer in a setting that blends Jack Kerouacâ€™s
Place a seasoned fine art photographer in a setting that blends Jack Kerouacâ€™s On the Road and Homerâ€™s The Odyssey and youâ€™ll find yourself gazing into the stark, serene artwork of Mikael Kennedy. Kennedy, much like many other artists such as Andy Warhol and Cy Twombly, has been fascinated by the images captured by Polaroid. His Polaroid series â€˜Passport to Trespassâ€™ put Kennedy on the map and garnered international recognition.
More recently, he traveled the nation shooting the American landscape during a quest in which he likened himself to Odysseus.
Having first exhibited these images in 2007 at the Studio 101 Gallery in Chicago, IL, The Odysseus has been exhibited nationwide over the past few years in three chapters; The Odysseus, The Wine Dark Sea & Salt Water River Guard, shown in New York, Massachusetts, California, Illinois, Oregon and Maine, and now Philadelphia for its final exhibition.
Paradigm Magazine and Studio Christensen will present “The Last Showing of The Odysseus,” a series of American landscapes by photographer Mikael Kennedy. The series documents over a decade of Kennedy’s life as he bounced back and forth between the American coasts, roaming with other young artists, catching rides with bands, working odd jobs, and attempting to live life to it’s fullest.
In 2007, Kennedy found himself driving out away from the cities and stepping away from his traveling partners, preferring at times to walk alone.
“I was driven by this desire to be out in the middle of nowhere, to be alone in the wilderness, maybe it was a desire to return to the world I grew up in, the empty pristine valley’s and woods of Vermont,â€ Kennedy says. â€œThe world feels less wild to me these days, this whole series was the beginning of me working through that idea, of trying to find places where the world felt empty, less settled.”
The Odysseus series has been compared to the work of Hudson River Painters, a series of landscapes touching on the sublime. As valleys open up from the tops of hills and paths appear before the viewer leading them deeper into the woods, we are reminded of the beauty of the American Landscape which America was once known and celebrated for, something that feels like it is lost these days.
WHAT: “The Last Showing of The Odysseus” by Mikael Kennedy
WHEN: Opening night reception on February 10, 2012 6pm-9pm
WHERE: Studio Christensen, 333 South 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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