i’m jealous of mikael kennedy… and me

“Pieces of the Moon ~ Photographs by Mikael Kennedy
Opening Reception ~ Thursday June 30th, 2011 6pm til late
Presented by Catalog Gallery, Vancouver
Curated by… me!

I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to hang this show! I have been a huge fan of New York based photographer Mikael Kennedy since the first time I wrote about him in 2009. We quickly became friendswell, email friends who have never actually met in person. Anyway, earlier this year I had an idea for a show, I emailed him about it {as email friends do}, and he said yes! Easy, right? Now all I had to do was find a gallery… and, thankfully, that was easy too. The guys at Catalog Gallery in Vancouver offered their amazing space in the very cool neighborhood of Gastown. I’ll keep you posted on our progress over the next few weeks… but until then, here, in a curatorial nutshell, is what this beautiful show is all about:

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.

comments (12)

  1. The Orchard /// 05.27.2011 /// 8:17am

    Congrats JC! Wish I could be there for it!


  2. Ashley /// 05.27.2011 /// 8:21am

    This is amazing! I’m so excited that there will be a Polaroid exhibit here in Vancouver, especially one with such beautiful beautiful photos! I will be there for sure!

  3. Erin Austen Abbott /// 05.27.2011 /// 11:24am

    These are stunning images. I think you have picked an amazing show to curate. I wish you a wonderful opening!! Wish I could come out there for it!!!

  4. the jealous curator /// 05.27.2011 /// 12:46pm

    thank you girls! it’s going to be a gorgeous show (the photographs just arrived this morning from new york – so exciting!!!)

  5. S. Carmody /// 05.28.2011 /// 5:51am

    That’s so exciting! I love polaroids. What a great project.

  6. Hagar /// 05.30.2011 /// 1:34pm

    Beautiful project, Love Polaroids, and congratulation and successes to you!

  7. the jealous curator /// 05.30.2011 /// 7:10pm

    thank you hagar!

  8. victoria /// 06.02.2011 /// 5:31pm

    so awesome, and such beautiful work! congrats to you both! i wish i could be there!

  9. the jealous curator /// 06.02.2011 /// 8:43pm

    thanks victoria! i wish you could be there too xo

  10. Jojo /// 06.06.2011 /// 2:23pm

    For those of us who yearn to be hip-by-proxy, or osmosis, I AM THERE. I mean, really! A polaroid show at a Gastown gallery? How cool will I sound when people ask where I am headed? Very, that’s how cool.

  11. the jealous curator /// 06.06.2011 /// 6:32pm

    HA! well, you’re already very cool, so i can’t even imagine how cool you’ll be after this opening! it boggles the mind, really ; )

  12. Scout List: Our Eclectic Agenda For Discerning Vancouverites… : Scout Magazine /// 06.30.2011 /// 2:47pm

    […] 500 Polaroids edited down from thousands). Vancouver artist/blogger The Jealous Curator became so besotted with Kennedy’s work that she set to work bringing at least some of the exhibit to Catalog. […]

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