September 4 - October 25, 2013
Opening Reception: AHA! Night, Thursday, October 10th, 6:00-9:00pm
Artist Talk at 7:00pm
The University Art Gallery is pleased to present Pieces of String, an exhibition of more than 30 color photographs by Justin Kimball through October 25, 2013. The Gallery is located at the Star Store Campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Downtown New Bedford.
In this series, Justin Kimball, accompanied his auctioneer brother, Douglas, to take photographs of the homes of deceased or dispersed people before the properties were cleaned out. The artist states, "Specific yet universal, these abandoned places and objects form narratives of who we are and how we live in the world." Justin Kimball brings these visual curiosities to the University Art Gallery through his depictions of objects collected over time and spaces that contain memories frozen within them. The artist brings attention to how “the smallest objects (a note, a box of hair pins, a stain on a pillow) can spark the sense of a being, the shape of a person, a wisp of time and experience lost.”
This series, Pieces of String was also published by RADIUS BOOKS, a non-profit publishing company based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The book will be available for purchase after the artist talk on October 10th.
Justin Kimball was born in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1961. He holds an M.F.A. in photography from the Yale University School of Art and a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the recipient of grants from John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Aaron Siskind Individual Photographers Fellowship, a Kittredge Educational Grant, Harvard University, and Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Fellowship. His photographs have appeared in DoubleTake, Harpers, PDN, Photo Metro, and Picture magazines. He is the author of the monographs Where We Find Ourselves and Pieces of String. His work is represented in collections at the Corcoran Museum of Art, George Eastman House, J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Portland Museum of Art in Oregon, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Kimball has taught photography for more than twenty years and is currently an associate professor of art at Amherst College.