Roots Run Deeper
Photographic works by Kellie Cason O’Connor
August 16 — September 12, 2013
Artist Reception | Friday, August 16, 2013 | 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
PUEBLO, COLORADO, August 6, 2013 — Kadoya Gallery presents the exhibition Roots Run Deeper by Pueblo artist Kellie Cason O’Connor. This exhibition showcases the artist’s powerful journey to capture her lost and decaying roots in the American Southwest. To accompany this exhibition, Kadoya Gallery is also pleased to feature the world premiere of her Polaroid 20x24 images in her series Ties that Bind. This collection includes five images taken with this rare large format camera.
In the Roots Run Deeper series, the artist explores the construction of our attachment to and dependence on place. She explores her connections with a land and a people to which she is tied through family history and genealogy. It is a coming to terms with the land, the people, and the connections she now has as an outside observer.
“The images reflect a search for a sense of place and belonging. As a child, I moved away from the land, returning only to visit family. I would go for drives down dusty, country roads with my grandfather. He would point out places and explain their relation to me through family history and genealogy. I longed for connection with faceless strangers inside these houses, the families behind store signs’ names, and long-since abandoned family farms.”
“The work is an intuitive one. I allow the camera, the places, the relics, and the land to draw me as I revisit the American Southeast, searching for my decaying roots and a lost connection that is, by birthright, mine.”
Kellie Cason O'Connor is a fine arts film photographer based in Pueblo, Colorado. Kellie attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design studying photography under photographers such as Laura McPhee, Nicholas Nixon, Frank Gohlke, and Abelardo Morell.
O’Connor’s current works consist of imagery that addresses the reclamation of nature and the relational aspects between humankind and nature. Her other works include works based in her Appalachian roots, documentary work of the Quiche Mayan culture based in Guatemala, and alternative photographic techniques. Kellie's works have appeared in Lenscratch, Fototazo, Update, and F-Stop Magazines.
The images are created primarily through the use of a 4x5 view camera and a medium format rangefinder. All images are created using film.
Selected works from Roots Run Deeper will be featured in the first edition of the Kadoya Gallery Catalog which will be released in November 2013. Lavishly illustrated with more than 75 works (some never before published), the catalog highlights selected works from each exhibition at Kadoya Gallery during 2013. Advance reservations for the Catalog have begun.
Accompanying Roots Run Deeper is a special website section featuring a selection of images that appear in the exhibition.
An audio program accompanying the Roots Run Deeper exhibition features a conversation with Kellie Cason O’Connor discussing her work. It will be available free of charge as a podcast on iTunes (Kadoya Gallery) after August 15, 2013.
THE HISTORIC TUTT BUILDING:
National Register 8/18/1983, 5PE.585
Erected in 1890, the Tutt Building is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of the most intact commercial structures from this time period in downtown Pueblo with large retail display windows. This unusual triangular building’s twelve-inch thick walls are faced with red brick and hand-crafted stonework.
Gregory Howell, (719) 320-6315 or email@example.com
Kellie Cason O’Connor, (719) 947-5116 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist Website, http://kelliecasonoconnor.com/
Kadoya Gallery, 119 Central Plaza, Pueblo, CO, 81003, (719) 320-6315, kadoyagallery.com
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Closed Monday.
Gallery Admission: Free