EVERY DOUBT THAT HOLDS YOU HERE
MAY 17 – JUNE 11, 2011 / Opening: Saturday, May 21, 6-8 pm
Marty Walker Gallery celebrates the beginning of summer with an installation of photographically-based work by Ted Kincaid. EVERY DOUBT THAT HOLDS YOU HERE is both a bold step forward, and an elegant embrace of the past by this recognized and respected Texas artist.
Multiple bodies of work by Kincaid combine to form a statement that reads more like a novel in its breadth and scope, weaving together a declaration of the sublime order of the earth and sky. Yet Kincaid has, once again, meticulously engineered a believable photographic record out of pure fiction. Transcendent vistas are fabricated from scratch, moons constructed from pits and stains of a concrete floor, and melancholy seascapes are punctuated with amorphous icebergs from the artist’s imagination.
“Ted Kincaid is a photographer who has transcended his camera. Now, he is at the forefront of the digital arts movement, a man who works on the frontier between photography and painting. His mesmerizing, at times ethereal images are all computer-generated, pixel by painstaking pixel. To one degree, or another they are all constructions of things that “exist or not…and can be seen or not,” and that often rely on personal memory. His digital creations are meant to challenge the truth-telling function often ascribed to traditional photographs.
They ask: which truth, and whose?
One thing Kincaid has not evolved beyond is his love of nature, which has been with him always and which has influenced his images in profound ways. The things of the earth—land, vegetation, water, sky—are the focal point of his creations. As he celebrates these wonders, though, he does so with a gravity born of his awareness of humankind’s disrespect for nature’s fragility: “[my] work for a number of years has tended more and more to focus on a yearning for what we are losing. And that’s the natural world around us.”