Tuesday, June 7, 2011

"Pieces of the Moon"
A selection of images from Shoot the Moon
Opening June 30th 
Vancouver, Canada
"Over the past decade, American born photographer Mikael Kennedy has taken thousands of Polaroids during what has often been described as a ‘Kerouac-esque” journey, wandering back and forth across the continent, hitching rides, couch surfing, moving from city to city. In 2010, Kennedy had his first solo show in New York City, titled “Shoot the Moon” with the Peter Hay Halpert Gallery who now represents this immense body of work. “Shoot the Moon”, an exhibition 500 Polaroids was an introduction to Kennedy’s story, edited down from the thousands of Polaroids. I have looked at this series countless times, and while all of his work is a mysterious narrative, it is the photographs of the women that have completely drawn me in.
“Pieces of the Moon” features 50 images that have been pulled from the original “Shoot the Moon” show. When the photographs of these women are shown along-side the other 450 images in the series, they’re a quiet part of the overall story. But when hung together in this smaller, more focused grouping they create a beautiful, feminine view into the personal life of the artist. There is an undeniable intimacy in each image, revealing an obvious closeness to the subject – however, to the viewer, the details still remain vague. Were these friends, lovers, strangers, or all of the above? The images are titled with the name of the woman, the location of the photo, and the year, leaving it completely up to the viewer to piece these relationships, friendships, and chance meetings together. These are the women that have shaped Mikael Kennedy’s life over the past decade – and they are beautiful."

                                                                          -The Jealous Curator

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Dear Friends,
Yesterday marked the end of the Polaroid blog Passport to Trespass. It has been a wild run of 6 years, 7 artists books, thousands of miles, and 1,477 Polaroids. Thank you to everyone who was a part of this work; whether you picked me up on the side of the road, fed me, let me sleep on your couch, walked with me, or just checked in every now and then to see where I have been.

For those of you who have already asked: No, I am not out of Polaroid film.
While Passport to Trespass is ending this is NOT the end of my Polaroid work: only of the blog format.

As I am shooting some of the last Polaroids ever, I want to take the work off the internet for awhile, to spend some time with each image before I put them out into the world. I'd like to end the way I began: wandering around with an SX70 and no plan. Although, I am preparing for some exciting new projects this year, here are just a few highlights of what's to come:

The Jealous Curator has chosen a selection of Polaroids, from my Shoot the Moon show, which will open in a new exhibition at the
Catalog Gallery
in Vancouver, Canada on July 1st.
For more information on the show please visit:
http://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/2011/05/27/im-jealous-of-mikael-kennedy-and-me/ 


There will be an all new exhibition of my Polaroids, titled 'Between dog and wolf'
at Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art, NY this fall in NYC 

  

I am still planning on releasing the final two volumes of Passport to Trespass
(Vol. 8 & 9) this coming year.

In the meantime you can still order a copy of Vol. 7 here:
http://www.mikaelkennedy.com/books/passportvol7.html
[please note: vol. 1-6 are sold out]

 

And finally, over the past few months I have been working on a series of limited edition posters with the LA based company Poster Child Prints which we expect to release later this year.