For those of you that are interested, here is my artist's statement:
“Men are rewarded for learning the practice of violence in virtually any sphere of activity by money, admiration, recognition, respect, and the genuflection of others honoring their sacred and proven masculinity. In male culture, police are heroic and so are outlaws; males who enforce standards are heroic and so are those who violate them.”
- Andrea Dworkin
I am fascinated by 1950’s post-WWII men’s adventure magazines. These pulp novels are filled with images that drip with patriotism, ruggedness and animalistic masculinity. For this project I have attempted to recapture these moments of heightened drama through a series of photographs, nine images of myself placed into the context of manly men who fear nothing and always end up as champions. Like the title suggests, these images question the essence of masculinity, pushing against formulaic and hackneyed ideas regarding the macho character with today’s male figure and seeing how the two personas interact with each other.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
As promised earlier, here are the images from my senior show at Biola University. Each piece is 24"x30" and was printed with a light-jet process then face mounted on 3/16th" plexiglass. They are backlit by three 22" fluorescent bulbs in a birch lightbox. Enjoy!
Here are some installation shots from the gallery. The room was about 19 by 19 feet and the only lights in the room radiated out of the backlit images.
Walking into the space.
Left wall of the gallery.
I guess this would be considered the front wall of the gallery.
Which would make this the right wall of the gallery.
Between the front and right walls.
Between the right and back walls.
The back wall and artist statement.
Peeking into the gallery space.
Thank you for taking a tour through the gallery with me. This was such an awesome experience, to have my work hanging in a space for all to see. I hope to do it again as soon as possible.
Hello all! This is my first official post into the blogging world. My name is Kevin Scholl and, as of this Saturday, I will be a post-graduate Art Major from Biola University. I have studied photography for the past four years, and I am now excited to share my work with you. Within the next few days, I will be posting my work from the past year, which culminated in a senior show on May 11th, 2009. Hope you enjoy it!