Kenneth Graves’ collages are weirdly surreal, wonderfully composited treasures of an off-the-wall nature, sparking interest and wonderment. With whimsical vision they are carefully crafted from vintage images and tidbits of crafty objects, benefitting from Ken’s formal training as a photographer. Most his subjects are male, often in suggestive and funny situations. Odd objects are interspersed, which always seem to unify and work within the piece, despite being completely unrelated.
A classic example of Ken’s wit is often found in his titles, the below piece is titled, “Putting Them Out of Their Misery”.
Ken’s works have “a keen sense of the unique reality a photo image communicates, by incorporating images culled from popular culture with a view to dissect American idealism as it has been characterized in popular visual histories. They pay homage to surrealism and Victorian paper collages, embarking on related fantasies while offering deadpan absurdity and impossibility.” - Via Fischer Gallery
You can see his works in person, in his current solo exhibition at Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, thru Feb. 1st, 2014.
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