Familiar Convergence | Photography by Kevin Malella & Bob Benvenuto
Artists’ Reception | Friday, January 15, 2016 | 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
First Friday Art Walk | Midnight Exposure | February 5, 2016 | 8:00 pm to Midnight
Refreshments | Wheelchair Accessible | Free Admission
Kadoya Gallery is pleased to present Familiar Convergence featuring the photography of Bob Benvenuto and Kevin Malella from January 15 to February 7, 2016. The Opening Night and Artists’ Reception is on Friday, January 15, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm and is open to the general public. This powerful collaboration by Benvenuto and Malella is the first exhibition in the Gallery’s 2016 schedule which promises to be an exciting year filled with experiential installations and shows that offer heightened viewer engagement. Benvenuto and Malella, through their respective works, are both attempting to visually articulate a conversation between our world and their audience. They pay close attention to the subtle details around us that need voice in a fragile tipping point of our culture and relations to the world, be it social or environmental. These works attempt, not in vein, but with hope, to reconcile the disquiet and calmness of our current times.
According to the artists, the vast world around us is full of beauty, harmony, distinctness, dissonance, chaos, creation, destruction, and contradiction. These qualities cannot exist all at the same time in any given place, but many do. It is one of many ways our world remains diverse and can evoke emotions or states of happiness, sorrow, surprise, awe, anger, indifference, and sometimes the sublime. With Human's widespread utilization of the Earth's surface and core, the relationships between natural and unnatural components are becoming more and more complex. Human interspecies interaction has become more electronic and less personal, but also more universal, and our ability to unify across the globe is commonplace; yet one cannot help but feel a level of isolation in this techno-sociological shift.
Bob Benvenuto and Kevin Malella are committed to visualizing the odd, yet entirely familiar, relationships and juxtapositions of converging elements; noting conversations that occur when people, places, the natural, and artificial meet in time. Benvenuto's constructed images are surreal depictions of our world of appearances, seen through a veil of perceptive conjecture and contrivance. By placing environments, objects, and people in an orchestrated context, Benvenuto evokes a personal and reflective narrative. His images are peculiar and often artificial, but they are not illusions. Similarly, yet distinct, Malella's photographs examine the harmony or dissonance of Our relationship to the land. He is interested in the marks we make, physically and psychologically, onto our planet and how those alterations shift geological, ecological, and sociological patterns during our tenure. Malella is not only visualizing the effects of human occupancy of Earth, but also succession of nature, despite the destruction we afflict on the landscape through our careless sense of ownership. He finds solace in nature's ability to adapt and reclaim its boundaries, but warns of the time it may take to do so; it is certainly on a geologic scale, rather than a human one.
A special 34-page hardcover Catalogue has been published for this exhibition which includes all the images represented in the show. It will be available for purchase at the Gallery or directly online from the publisher at Zulu.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Gregory Howell | Kadoya Gallery | Owner, Curator & Storyteller | (719) 320-6315 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Benvenuto | Artist | Web: bobbenvenuto.com
Kevin Malella | Artist | Web: kevinmalella.com
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