Ken Konchel's "Concentricity" (detail)
Ken Konchel: Architecture: Out of Context
Jan. 16 - Feb. 27, 2014
Photographs that raise awareness of architecture as fine art.
Architecture forms the physical environment of our lives. It connects us to the past, it helps define our relationships to one another, and it gives us a sense of place and identity. Architecture also embodies our values and expresses our individual and collective aspirations. Most importantly, architecture enhances and advances our creative legacy. Yet something so integral to the sense of who we are - something that contributes immeasurably to our quality of life - is often dismissed as mundane, taken for granted, or at worst ignored. My ambition is to raise awareness of and appreciation for architecture by presenting it as engaging and dynamic geometric arrangements and interactions. More concisely expressed, I use photography to substantiate the connection between art and architecture.
My aim is to photograph buildings in arresting ways, creating compositions that do not immediately reveal themselves as architecture. Buildings present rich opportunities for me to imaginatively explore the angle, cube, curve, triangle and rectangle. By examining these forms individually or by grouping them into unconventional configurations, I aspire to challenge and captivate people by introducing them to architecture's intriguing visual possibilities. I strive to take photographs that disclose their content in layers of meaning that more richly reward with repeated viewings. I also hope to convey the value of patience and observation, and the power of making careful choices.
Alison Ouellette-Kirby: Home from Work to Find Your Spaniel Turned into a Wolf
Jan. 16 - Feb. 27, 2014
Sculptures of Monopoly houses that challenge what constitutes a home.
The form maintained by this particular body of work is that of a Monopoly house. My selection of the Monopoly house developed from a growing fascination or perhaps better stated, obsession I have with the Monopoly house. This obsession came as a surprise to me, since it is one of the most recognizable symbols from a game I hated as a child. The premise of the game presents robber-baron style capitalism as something light and fun. I never found it fun. Playing the game with my family presented frustrations, such as trying to cope with the cheating and "fast talk" of my older siblings. Today it challenges my views of what constitutes a home, not just for me, but locally and globally; prefab or custom built; a household for a family; and business with banks, brokers and lenders.
This idea that there is a definable notion of "home" gains importance for me with each passing year, yet its definition still feels foreign and unattainable. I was not born here, but nor was I born in a place that is much different than here. I am different, but not noticeably different. I belong, but I don't. The answers are all thinly veiled, but veiled all the same.
Wrapped up in this notion of "home" is my quest to define "home" for myself. The recent political and socioeconomic climate has seen the country thrust into a home mortgage crisis, which followed the housing bubble and is continuing toward a projected "Green" housing boom. Within all of this, where does one find one's own home?