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posted Mar 10, 2013, 5:58 PM by Kadoya Gallery   [ updated Mar 10, 2013, 6:00 PM ]
Bent’s Old Fort: A View into the Past
March 15 — April 18, 2013
Artist’s Reception | Friday, March 15, 2013 | 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

PUEBLO, COLORADO, March 8, 2013—Kadoya Gallery presents the exhibition Bent’s Old Fort: A View into the Past, a journey that transports you from days gone by to the present through photography. Robert Gaines’ projects currently focus on places and buildings that reach into the past. His subjects range from historic sites to closed factories or retired prisons. Robert, a photographer of nearly 30 years, has always kept his work intensely private, until now.

While visiting Bent's Old Fort in Otero County, Colorado, Robert found the call of the history of not only the place, but the items in it. Of the images in this series, none are composed or use any artificial lighting, all are exactly as found. When one looks at these images, one is looking directly into the past.

In conjunction with the Bent’s Old Fort exhibition, Kadoya Gallery is also pleased to announce that Robert Gaines will share eight specially curated images from his new project focusing on Renz Prison which is located in Cole County, Missouri. After nearly three years of requesting permission to enter the inner compound, Robert was granted permission. The result of three visits to the prison over nearly a three year period is a series of hauntingly beautiful images that capture the spirit of the the pain and isolation of the buildings. These special photographic images will be showcased together in the lower gallery at Kadoya Gallery.

Robert Gaines has been a professional photographer for much of his life. Robert began as an assignment photographer in Phoenix, AZ. He shot anything and everything that the client might need. Difficult, challenging lighting and situations were the daily norm, creativity and perfection the standard. Now, semi-retired, Robert has the time to pursue purely his own goals and needs. The results are the images you will see at this exhibition at Kadoya Gallery.

"I look for the simple, the dramatic, the different in everyday life."

Selected works from Bent’s Old Fort: A View into the Past 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 artist’s exhibition at Kadoya Gallery during 2013. Advance reservations for the Catalog will begin in late Spring 2013.

Accompanying Bent’s Old Fort: A View into the Past is a special website section, www.kadoyagallery.com/artists/robert-gaines, featuring a selection of images that appear in the exhibition.  

An audio program accompanying the exhibition features a conversation with Robert Gaines discussing his work. It will be available free of charge as a podcast on iTunes (Kadoya Gallery) after March 15, 2013.

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.

Press Contact:
Gregory Howell, (719) 320-6315 or admin@kadoyagallery.com
Robert Gaines, (720) 336-3222 or pixman@rgpmodels.com
Jane Gaines (Manager), (720) 336-3222 or jane@janegaines.com

Public Information:
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