"Eating Buddy, Lake Myvatn, Iceland" along with nine other images from three projects Divine Animals: The Bovidae, Out to Pasture, and The Unchosen Ones are featured on the PDN Photo of the Day to promote the solo exhibition at Klompching Gallery in New York through June 30, 2018. Thank you for the exposure, PDN and wonderful selection of work, Darren Ching!
Writes Coralie Kraft: "Unlike many wildlife photographers who focus on the devastating human impact on the natural world, Kern’s work offers a different, but no less significant, thesis: how have humans shaped and molded these creatures over centuries, and how have these animals impacted our development in turn? "
I'm pleased to announce this very special exhibition at Klompching Gallery, New York. Located in the hub of arts district between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO, this art space is intimate, beautiful. This gallery has established itself a solid reputation for providing guidance on the acquisition of contemporary fine art photography. Darren Ching & Debra Klomp Ching will welcome you with the same delicate care I approach my subjects.
I welcome you to join me in person in two opportunities:
- Opening Reception Thursday May 10, 6 - 8 p.m.
- Book Signing Saturday May 12, 1 - 2 p.m.
Aline Smithson features "The Unchosen Ones" book and project along with an interview on April 27, 2018. In the article, I share tips on navigating the fine art waters, lessons I’ve learned, perspectives into my working process, what I learned from my subjects, why I decided to self-publish, what a perfect day looks like and more!
The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston acquired the first COLLECTOR'S EDITION of The Unchosen Ones (ed 20) in pre-sale this week. The project features photographs by R. J. Kern and a cloth clamshell box and print folio created in collaboration with Keith Taylor in Minneapolis, MN. The Artist Book Edition includes essays by independent curator Alison Nordström, PhD and Joe Scapanski, Minnesota State Fair Board of Managers. The pre-sale began on April 15 and books will ship May 2018 in conjunction with a solo exhibition at Klompching Gallery in New York from May 9 - June 30, 2018.
This is the second acquisition of work created R. J. Kern by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The first included the COLLECTOR'S EDITION of The Sheep at the Goats in 2017.
"The Unchosen Ones" book received an Award of Excellence from Communication Arts magazine and will be featured in the 2018 Photo Annual issue on newsstands June 2018. In the editorial and advertising photography world, this is HUGE! I remember thumbing through back issues of Communication Arts in high school art classes looking for creative inspiration. I'm honored and humbled to have my work featured along of some of the best photographers in the world!
"The Unchosen Ones" artist book and COLLECTOR'S EDITION pre-sale has begun. I’m proud of every piece of this project including it being all made in Minnesota, USA.
The Artist Book Edition includes essays by independent curator Alison Nordström, PhD and Joe Scapanski, Minnesota State Fair Board of Managers. Designed by Matthew Steaffens. Publisher: Author. 2018. Softcover, unbound. 12.5 x 15.5 inches (31.6 x 39.4 cm). 76 pages, 65 color illustrations. Printed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. First Edition, 200 copies. Retail price: US $35.
The COLLECTOR'S EDITION features:
- SIGNED Limited Edition PRINT (11 x 14 inches) from a choice of two images (1/10)
- 20 numbered copies + 4APs
- Clothbound, embossed clamshell box created by Keith Taylor
- Custom “The Unchosen Ones" rosette ribbon, inscribed by artist
- Hand-signed book, “The Unchosen Ones"
- Includes all Artist Book Edition details
Pricing to increase as edition sells out. Available May 2018.
Suzanne Révy reviewed three recently published photography books exploring relationships between humans and animals: The Sheep and the Goats by R.J. Kern, The Shepherd’s Daughter by Clare Benson, and Amelia and the Animals by Robin Schwartz. This is the first official review of my monograph published by Kehrer Verlag and I am honored to be featured along with the work of two accomplished artists, Clare Benson and Robin Schwartz!
The editor’s at PDN selected 30 photographers they consider to be the strongest new talent and shared them in their PDN’s 30 2018: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch. I’m thrilled to be apart of this amazing group of photographers. Be sure to read the advice the photographers offer (a must read with great insight).
The PDN’s 30 2018 photographers come from 10 countries and were selected from over 300 nominations by photo editors, curators, educators, publishers, and critics around the world. Editors then ranked each anonymous portfolio of images, searching for a critical eye and a unique voice paired with compelling imagery.
While this exposure was never a career goal, it will always remain on my CV. Thank you PDN editors including David Walker!
Special thanks to the kind words, support, and guidance by Lisa Volpe, Assistant Curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Sarah Leen at National Geographic, Mary Virginia Swanson, Debra and Darren Klomp Ching at the Klompching Gallery, Paula Tongarelli at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Alexa Becker at Kehrer Verlag, and Laura Pressley at CENTER.
The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona recently acquired a copy of the COLLECTOR'S EDITION of "The Sheep and the Goats" (ed 33/50) for their permanent collection. The CCP is home to Ansel Adam's archive along with two of my mentors, Stuart Klipper and Wayne Gudmundson. I recently attended Mary Virginia Swanson's 2018 Masterclass and had a wonderful time (learn more on her blog here). During the workshop we met with Rebecca Senf, Chief Curator at CCP, and Terry Etherton and Daphne Srinivasan at the Etherton Gallery. These connections helped to facilitate the acquisition and I am extremely appreciative for their efforts.
I am excited to announce the Plains Art Museum has acquired the COLLECTOR'S EDITION: "The Sheep and the Goats" for the museum collection. I am excited that the public will now be able to enjoy the work, especially the kids where were featured in the book and in the National Geographic magazine! This creative collaboration feature the work of Karen Aakre who assisted with the one the rarest forms of Norwegian skinnfell wood block printing on the inside of the wool felt envelope, as well as the spun wool and mohair yarn and relics. You can learn more about Karen's effort in this wonderful video by WCCO-CBS >>
Join me for a book signing at the Classic Photographs Los Angeles Art Fair, February 3, 2018 from noon - 1 p.m. in the Klompching Gallery booth (G3, #30), located at the Bergamot Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA. I will have several COLLECTOR'S EDITIONS of "The Sheep and the Goats" with me (currently, 17/50 remaining). See you there!
Ringing in 2018 with some news: I'm excited and honored to announce representation by the Klompching Gallery in New York. Debra Klomp Ching and Darren Ching run a extraordinary gallery in Brooklyn and feature a roster of talented artists showcasing some of the best examples of contemporary photography. I'm delighted to work with them!
My work will be featured in the Klompching booth at Classic Photographs LA February 2-4, 2018.
I will be signing books and offering the COLLECTOR'S EDITION in the booth on February 3 from noon - 1 p.m.
David Walker shares my journey in the January 2018 issue of PDN in his article, "R. J. Kern Segues from Weddings to Fine Art." He highlights the importance of mentors such as David Hobby, Joe McNally, Stuart Klipper, David Bram, and Martine Fougeron. Thank you, Mr. Walker!
He writes, "First-place recipient of the Curator’s Choice Award, U.S. photographer R.J. Kern, offers a glimpse into a small subset of society in his series The Unchosen Ones, featuring the children and young adults from farming families who participate in animal contests at Minnesota county fairs, showing off their prized sheep and goats. Kern’s subjects are not the winners at these fairs. They are the losers, whose animals, which have names like Annabell, Hootie, and Doolittle, won no ribbons. In this context, the images seem to take on a deeper resonance, perhaps reflecting the dwindling lifeways of small, family-owned farms in the age of industrial agriculture, a way of life where strong bonds between children and animals may still be of some value. Although a few of Kern’s subjects appear disheartened, there is a sense of pride that comes through several portraits, which transcend categories such as “winner” and “loser.” Kern’s photographs reflect the subjects’ essential characters, deeming them all worthy of attention."
I've always enjoyed reading Lenscratch and appreciate her effort to showcase emerging photographer's work. We met at Photolucida and CLICK120 last month and I always wish I had more time with her. She's also a talented photographer, too. I enjoy her work on my wall at the studio.
Selected from over 1300 entries submitted from around the world, our juror, Philip Brookman, Consulting Curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC selected forty-five images for the gallery exhibition at the Center for Photographic Art gallery in Carmel, CA through December 23, 2017.
I was delighted to here Kenzi and Hootie, Anoka County Fair 2016 won SECOND PLACE ($2500).
Bill Knight reviews highlights from the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, London (November 16, 2017 to February 8, 2018) and published work from The Unchosen Ones project.
The folks at the National Portrait Gallery Publications did a great job designing and printing Taylor Wessig catalogue, or as we say it in the US, "catalog!" Excited to make the trip across the pond to London and see the show with my brother in February 2018!