Hi friends, I'm very pleased to announce a special art installation of my photographic works at the University of Chicago in Rockefeller Chapel. Each year the Chapel selects an artist to exhibit during an academic quarter and it is my great privilege to be featured. I've been developing this for over a year and have produced a rather unique set of images to share with you (above is a bonus - not included in the show): 17 images, 1.7 billion pixels, and over 400 square feet of prints.
The work will be up in the magnificent confines of Rockefeller Chapel through 11/20/2015 - but I will be there personally on Tuesday the 29th at 5p CT for a reception and conversation. I hope to see you there!
Details here and reproduced below.
Justin Kern: Ultra High Resolution
A photographic installation
Monday September 28 to Friday November 20 | Daily
Tuesday September 29, 5 pm
The première of a new collection by Justin Kern, AB’04, PhD’10, that uses the explosive combination of modern cameras and computers to explore the large and the small on campus simultaneously, through ultra high resolution imaging. The exhibit encourages the audience to contemplate the relationship of detail and scale by presenting vast, sweeping images that are instantly recognizable at a distance, but are also designed to elicit the delight of discovery upon close inspection. A grand but familiar view of Harper Reading Room seen at a distance gives way to the strange and new experience of seeing the tortured and terrific expressions on the grotesques’ faces on the buttresses of the ceiling, or the cobwebs upon the chandelier.
Similarly, an image of Bond Chapel’s façade in the muffling silence of an early morning snowfall gives way to individual ivy holdfasts on stone, the texture of wrought iron, and the very grain of the wood. Resolution, redefined.
About the image above: I've been playing around quite a lot lately with large format film, specifically with 4x5 images on color transparencies. Massively frustrating but utterly transformative when done properly. I am a wholehearted digital evangelist, but there is nothing, nothing (and never will be anything) to compare to the experience of the light table and massive negatives .... when you nail exposure.
I noticed the ivy overtaking this gorgeous wooden door of Rockefeller just as nightfall came on - a testament to the heavy rains and warm temperatures at the height of summer. By the time I returned to plan the exhibition the ivy had been cut back and the door freed.