Artist StatementMy photography of the American landscape is influenced by the work of the New Topographics, especially Robert Adams, by Walker Evans's lucid and intelligent transcriptions of significant fact, the New Color, particularly Luigi Ghirri's quiet and slightly surrealistic views, and Eugène Atget's idiosyncratic cataloguing of old Paris and views of the landscapes at Saint-Cloud and Sceaux, and also an approach exploring photography's formal qualities and a questioning of its process as a medium, as in J. Stezaker's collage work and Abelardo Morell's camera obscura photographs. An interest in the preservation of the architecture of the recent past and the historical landscape led to documentary projects to create visual records in the manner of the Department of the Interior's Heritage Documentation Programs and the Los Angeles Documentary Project.
Group Shows and Solo Exhibits: Suburbia Redefined: Intersections of Urban and Rural. The Towson ARTS Collective (Inaugural 2007 Exhibit), 410 York Rd., Towson, MD. The jurors for the exhibit are Connie Imboden, photographer, and Gary Kachadourian, the Visual Arts Coordinator for The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. May 6—July 22, 2007. Michael Kirby at the Mattin Center (Solo Exhibit). The Johns Hopkins University, Morris Offit Building, Baltimore, Md. Photographs of muralist Michael Kirby painting Miguel Covarrubias’ “Forest Scene” (c. 1928). October 20—November 30, 2006. Inside/Outside. Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts, Rockville, Md. Juried by Frank Goodyear, Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. October 19—November 10, 2006. Real City, Dream City. Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, 847 North Howard Street, Baltimore, Md. Curated by Peter Bruun, Artist/Director, Art on Purpose. October 5-October 28, 2006.