Ament/ Angela Baldridge/ Frank Döring/
Mary Tortorici/ and Carla Winn
15 to February 12, 2010
Artists’ Reception: Friday, January 15, 5-7 p.m.
Kentucky, it seems, has always been an enigma, simultaneously admired and derided. Daniel Boone wrote, “I returned home to my family, with a determination to bring them as soon as possible to live in Kentucky, which I esteemed a second paradise, at the risk of my life and fortune.” Mark Twain, on the other hand, said, “When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Kentucky, because everything there happens twenty years after it happens anywhere else.”
Regardless of such widely variant response, the mystique of the Bluegrass State swings broad and wide--from the loftiest spire to the deepest, most verdant hollow. MY KY: Life through the Lens is a small group invitational exhibition that attempts to capture not only the attractive but also the elusive Commonwealth. In artistic tradition, five Kentucky photographers have given us a new way of seeing the Kentucky, its people, its industry, and its land.
Don Amentreframes Kentucky’s energy concerns; Angela Baldridge examines tobacco’s tradition and industry; Frank Döring gives an insider’s view of the equine world; Mary Tortorici’s depopulated landscapes offer a fuller view of the folks who do live in them; and Carla Winn offers studies of the faces of Kentucky’s contemporary “Daniel Boones.”
Looking to “place” for inspiration, these five artists address what “My Kentucky” means to them. And they invite you to consider Your KY.