Eyes of Artists

Mikael Kennedy at Melanie Flood Projects

Posted in photographers, shows by Corey Presha on June 27, 2009

Melanie Flood will be showing a selection of Mikael Kennedy’s The Odysseus series entitled The Wine Dark Sea at her Brooklyn space starting on July 9th. A live performance by musician and friend Matt Bauer will coincide with the exhibition opening, pairing haunting Americana folk music with the dark nostalgia of Kennedy’s atmospheric images. Melanie Flood Projects his based out of Melanie’s own Brooklyn home and is such a great space for a show, it juxtaposes the aesthetic dialogue of fine art with the haphazard and personal existence of the domestic setting. The opening is open to the public but other visits are by appointment only so get in touch with Melanie.

Melanie Flood Projects
186 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Opening Reception: Thursday July 9th, 7-10pm

The images represented in “The Wine Dark Sea” are American coastlines photographed between 2006 and 2009. As Kennedy explains, “The American frontier, once viewed as the Wild West and the new world, is no longer seen as uncharted territory or undiscovered land.” This collection revisits that perspective, using landscape as the starting point of a philosophical journey and a reckoning with nature. In the artist’s experience as a modern day cipher, The Odyssey becomes a journey through the vistas of America, a search for renewed vision of the land that carries both the excitement and isolation of exploration.

The photographs displayed in rough wooden frames are installed as tableaux in a studio with pieces collected from the artist’s travels. Reflecting Joseph Campbell’s theory of the adventurer bringing back talismans into the “wasteland” of society as the very purpose of the journey, Kennedy’s trinkets and photographs construct and capture the idea of exploration. The artist has recreated the walls of his home at Melanie Flood Projects, hanging feathers, crystals, tiny stones, bits of bone, and other remnants of nature and of the road; a tactile extension of the images he has gathered in this series.

Kennedy-Point Reyes

© Mikael Kennedy
See more work here.


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