FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Portland, Maine, May 11, 2010
Gallery 37-A is pleased to present
Mikael Kennedy’s SALTWATER RIVER GUARD
June 4 – July 30 2010 - Opening Reception First Friday June 4th 6–10pm.
‘Saltwater River Guard’ is a selection of Kennedy’s Polaroid work as well as C-Prints from his ongoing series of American landscapes titled; ‘The Odysseus’. This will be the first time that these two projects will be shown together and a unique opportunity to engage with one of America’s most inspired young photographers in the intimate space afforded by Gallery 37A.
Mikael Kennedy is an artist living and working in New York City. His Polaroid work has been widely exhibited and published in the US and abroad. Kennedy’s Polaroids are represented by the Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art Gallery in New York City and recently the subject of a solo show at the historic Chelsea Hotel in New York City. Kennedy’s Polaroid work has gathered international attention with Kennedy exhibiting at the International Polaroid Symposium in Cardiff, Wales this year where he was invited to lecture on his practice and motivation as an American Artist and were recently acquired for the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas.
About Gallery 37-A
Gallery 37-A is a new project space, initiated in December of 2009 by Brook Delorme and Daniel Pepice. Presenting exhibitions of the work of emerging and established artists, Gallery 37-A is Located at 37A Wharf Street in Portland, Maine's Old Port District and is open to the public Thursday – Monday 12 – 6pm and by appointment.
Notes on “Saltwater River Guard”
In ‘Saltwater River Guard’ we are invited along with Kennedy on his extensive travels, viewing a focused moment: the summer of 2009 and two trips that took him to the rivers and shorelines of New England. Kennedy’s landscape photography in recent years has been likened to the work of the Hudson River Painters; described as a blending of the sublime and the vision of Trancendentalists, it is a view of man’s search for his place in nature. Drawing upon the classic myth of The Odyssey’ for its’ title, The Odysseus presents us with the vision of a solitary man on a quest for Home. In Kennedy’s vision of the world, Home becomes more of an emotion, and a sense of place rather than any one physical destination.
Kennedy’s Polaroid work -- a documentation of his life, travel, and surroundings, began in 1998 with the discovery of a used Polaroid SX70 camera. The Polaroid camera quickly became a constant companion, leading to 12 years of documenting and cataloging his wandering life. It is in this blending of these two bodies of work, which gives the viewer both the journey and the destination in this unique exhibition.