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David Michael Kennedy

Two Portfolios: On the Road & Portraits

Original Platinum / Palladium Prints

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Icebox presents David Michael Kennedy’s work for the first time in Minnesota. This exhibit features two separate bodies of exquisite palladium prints of out-of-the-way places and people alongside iconic portraits of legendary musicians.

Darkness is an important component of the work David exhibits in the show. Most of the images are framed in black and some appear to illuminate from the darkness. The Polaroid positive/negatives contribute a unique raw frame to each composition. David’s powerful images are rendered in the smooth rich tonalities of the Platinum/Palladium process. David has worked for years to perfect this form of fine art photographic printing in his darkrooms from N.Y.C. to El Rito, New Mexico.

David lived in New York for 18 years doing assignment work including magazine, advertising, editorial and album covers. Album cover credits include: Bruce Springsteen, Muddy Waters, Willie Nelson, Ben E. King, Julian Lennon, Cheap Trick, and many-many more… David left NYC in 1987 settling in Northern New Mexico. He moved there to devote time to his personal work. He is well known for his American Indian Dance Work. David continues to create new work and teach workshops in Platinum Palladium printing and portraiture as well as Landscape, from his home located an hour and a half North of Santa Fe in the middle of The Carson National Forest.

“On the Road” Half of the exhibit is dedicated to David’s most recent project, “On the Road." This body of work was made while traveling 70,000 miles over the back roads of America. David lived and processed his negatives in a 26-foot 1960 Airstream trailer. 2004 and ’05 was spent traveling the roads in his Landyacht with his girlfriend, Heather Howard, his dog, Henry Crow Dog, and his 4x5 camera in search of back road landscapes and fascinating people living on the fringes of modernization. The Icebox exhibit shows some of David’s favorite images selected from 2500 negatives exposed from California to Maine.

“Portraits” David wants to engage both the subject and, later on, the viewer in a silent interchange. His intention is to create a personal portrait of a person whether or not he is famous. His style begins when he sets up for the shoot, each getting to know the other; sometimes getting them involved in setting up the backdrop or opening tripods. When everyone is relaxed and on a level playing field he shares eye contact through his lens and penetrates beyond personality to a soulful human place. The Icebox exhibit features several images made during his assignment period in the 1980s.

Opens all weekend during Art - A - Whirl 2012 May 18-19-20

Art-A-Whirl Hours:
Friday May 18 5 – 10
Saturday May 19 12 – 8
Sunday May 20 12 – 5

SHOW EXTENDED ON VIEW Thru September 29th.

ICEBOX GALLERY Regular Hours: Thursday & Friday 10 - 6, Saturdays 12 – 5 and by appointment.

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