Jeffrey Krolick: Elemental Neighborhood

Jeffrey Krolick earned an MFA in sculpture from the SUNY Buffalo and worked for many years as a jeweler, metalsmith and sculptor, exploring how composition can unify disparate materials and seemingly contradictory conceptual themes. Photography has been his preferred medium for the past 20 years to discover/uncover these relationships in the seemingly mundane scenes of everyday life and the natural world. Jeff's work has been recognized with awards from the Silver Eye Center for Photography, the Society for Contemporary Photography and the International Photography Awards which selected him as Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2005 and nominated him for a prestigious Lucie award. He was the recipient of an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship in 2008. Jeff's work is included in Jen Bekman's 20x200 Project and the Center for Fine Art Photography's Portfolio Showcase v1. Jeff lives in Ashland, Oregon with his wife.

"Elemental Neighborhood"
Looking at the characteristic shadows cast by our homes on the infrastructure which supports them (pavement, sewers, and the ordered horticulture with which we surround ourselves), the elemental symbols of the Western home, pitched roof, chimney, tree, fence, are juxtaposed against the landscape of our community, marking the territory of our little quarter acre of heaven. These images are primarily abstract compositions of common, even mundane neighborhood sights. My challenge and pleasure in this endeavor is in seeing the familiar and overlooked with a new eye. Secondarily, the geometric patterns of home and community begin to take on an archetypal quality which imbues the image with a charge which derives its potency from the precarious balance of the human and the familiar, with the disturbing otherness of the austere or baroque abstraction of those familiar elements.

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Issue #35 June - July 2009
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