Untitled - urbus: located in the city
Ken Giles (MFA 1992)
The photograph is a transitory art object that continually explores how personal interactions with our world are re-lived as moments of one’s visual subjectivity in a constantly changing world. I offer up photographic imagery that speaks to the conceptual possibilities embedded in the still photograph. To this creative end I use a varied array of photographic techniques and technologies, and create an extensive aesthetic of both conceptual and narrative photographic work. In all this visual diversity, one predominant creative question is repeatedly present: if the photograph gives us such a unique ability to revisit the chronology of our lives, then, essentially, the photograph is our optical echo of our subjectivity, that, irresistible and tirelessly, underpins our beating determination to understand our existential reality through pictures.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.