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Daniel Cooney Fine Art presents TIM RODA || BEAR KIRKPATRICK

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21 May 2015 to 27 July 2015
11 – 6, Tuesday – Saturday and by appointment
Daniel Cooney Fine Art
508 West 26th Street
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Tim Roda, Hidden Father

Artists in this exhibition: Tim Roda, Bear Kirkpatrick


May 21 - July 27

Daniel Cooney Fine Art is excited to announce our second solo exhibition of Tim Roda's black and white photographs titled Hidden Father. In this exhibition Roda continues to explore family dynamics, specifically the relationships between he and his four sons. Odd and intriguing scenarios are acted out for the camera in staged environments created by the artist. To heighten the sense of surrealism many images are made from negatives that have been spliced together in homespun fashion. Others have been burned or cut and double exposed. Roda's process results in complex tableaus of family life that tell specific and relatable stories.

The title of and inspiration for the exhibition reaches back to Victorian Era photography when it was normal practice for mothers to disguise themselves as studio props. Mothers often camouflaged themselves as studio background so that only the baby would appear in the photograph when in fact the mother was holding the child. These photographs are commonly referred to as "Hidden Mother" portraits. Here, Roda takes the role of supporter, nurturer and a sometimes-ambiguous presence in the photographs and lives of his sons.

Tim Roda lives and works in Lancaster, PA. He has a BFA from Pennsylvania State University and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Washington, Seattle. He has had exhibitions in public and private galleries in London, Brussels, Berlin, Hamburg, Seattle, Chicago, Las Vegas and New York City, to name just a few. Collections include the Bard College Museum, the Elton John Collection, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Seattle Art Museum and the Essl Collection in Austria.



May 21 - July 27

Daniel Cooney Fine Art is pleased to present the New York debut solo exhibition of large-scale color photographic portraits by Bear Kirkpatrick. In his heavily manipulated studio portraits Kirkpatrick explores the invisible and unknown personal histories of his sitters. Kirkpatrick's portraits reveal subtleties that can only be learned by observing unspoken language and listening to one's intuition.

As a young boy the artist lost his hearing over the course of a year. His mind and body compensated for this loss in order to survive and his parents did not immediately notice the disability. He learned to read lips and understand body language and visual cues to navigate his way in the world. This situation combined with an active imagination introduced the young Kirkpatrick to visions of strange beings living inside the bodies of his parents. The strangers were very real and alive to the child, as he understood the world at the time. As multiple surgeries rectified the deafness his newly developed and unique way of seeing remained.

In his studio, as Kirkpatrick applies mud, feathers, dead bugs and other assorted materials on his subject's skin and hair he listens to their stories. They reveal their experiences and he uses his imagination to see what lies below the surface. He imagines a history and another level of consciousness that might exist beyond our own. The images are reality and fantasy blended together.

Kirkpatrick lives and works in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In addition to being an artist he works as a furniture maker. He studied creative writing at the University of Michigan and the University of Massachusetts (MFA). He has received numerous awards including the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's Artist Advancement Grant. He has also exhibited his photographs around the United States.

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