May 13, 2017 through June 07, 2017
Ken Hochfeld • Whole
Please join us for the opening and artist reception on Saturday, May 13, from 5-8pm.
Ken will give and artist talk and special handmade book presentation from 4-5pm,
before the opening, please contact LightBox at 503-468-0238 for reserved seating.
“Whole” is a contemplative photographic narrative from natural places made in three chapters, consisting of 82 images produced over nine years. Conceived as a unique unbound book, “Whole” represents a personal, reflective dialogue from quiet times in the woods.
Chapter one, “Forest Through The Trees”, represents early stages of the artist’s investigation into a perceived “other world” ambiance in the forest. Over time, while on his lone pathless wanders in the trees, Hochfeld sensed the existence of parallels with the puzzles and mysteries of his life, which ultimately and unexpectedly resulted in a realization of intimate questions.
The second chapter, “Small Treasures”, introduces found details, observations and circumstance, and personal symbols and metaphors, all with an important reference to their special value to him as gems or small treasures. The small size of the photographs in this body of work stems in part from this thought. Hochfeld states that viewing these photographs is also emblematic of his character, as he wants viewers to get close to the images and the emotions they may hold.
The narrative ends with “ Whole” as the final chapter, where thoughts broaden and emotions are pondered which could suggest personal conclusions.
“I take pleasure from the quiet dialogue, the personal insight, and enigmatic impressions I have gained from my special occasions in the trees. I would be especially pleased if viewers find their own personal connection with the images I have made”. ~ Ken Hochfeld
Ken Hochfeld is fine art photographer based in Portland, Oregon. He describes himself as a mindful and emotional landscape photographer. His time capturing photographs is valued as an opportunity to be intuitive and introspective while comfortably alone. Hochfeld’s landscape images are rarely about the places he visits, as he prefers to think of “place” as a state of mind. The images he makes are personally contemplative, most often enigmatic, and thus become a general reflection of his personal psyche.
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