Photography implies that we know about the world if we accept it as the camera records it. But this is the opposite of understanding, which starts from not accepting the world as it looks. Susan Sontag In “All Shook Up,” fine art photographer Thomas Kellner presents the works of his exhibition at the art gallery inside of the Boston Athenaeum, a modern take on Boston’s oldest independent library. Due to the Boston Athenaeum’s 200th anniversary Kellner has been invited to be bicentennial artist-in-residence in 2006. This exhibition showcased 16 large-scale colour photographs of various rooms of the library. Added to the works you can find sketches extracted from the artist’s notebook and a portrait of Richard Wendorf, the past director of the Athenaeum. Wendorf also introduces the reader to the work of Thomas Kellner in a colorful and vivid way, by not only fondly describing his previous work experiences with Kellner but also by discussing the importance of his work in the contemporary art scene. Thomas Kellner, who is mostly known for photographic reconstructions of famous landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower and other architectural icons, has now slightly relocated his focus to interior spaces. These images “celebrate that space by visually lending it a kinetic energy that metaphorically invokes the intellectual and cultural vitality of the institution.”
Publisher: The Boston Athenaeum.