In the summer of 2013, Kirby Pilcher embarked upon his annual three-week photo trip. Luke Strosnider joined him for a portion of that ambitious journey. They travelled together from Denver to the Navajo reservation in Arizona, to Roswell, New Mexico, and on to Memphis, Tennessee, and finally, Cincinnati, Ohio. Despite photographing constantly - stopping on a dime to photograph something one of them found interesting, carelessly making images out of the car window, and pursuing places of agreed upon significance - rarely did they make the same images of a subject, even though they share similar interests and senses of humor. This kinship is what helps to make the photographs work together. The way Strosnider and Pilcher have chosen to present this work - mashed up and overlapped in places - perfectly echoes the rhythm of the trip itself, which, as they say, was really much more interesting and inspiring than the images can ever convey.
Luke Strosnider studied photography at the Photographic Center Northwest and received his MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop. His artwork can be found in the collections of the George Eastman House Library, Library of Congress, University of the Arts, and the Pratt Institute among others. He currently resides in Chicago, where he is a professor of digital media, design, and visual storytelling at Loyola University. His book I Wish You Where Here was recently published by Anchorless Press.
Originally from South Dakota, Kirby Pilcher moved to Rochester, New York 10 years ago to pursue his MFA in Photography from the Visual Studies Workshop. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. This summer, his book Hot Beef Sandwich was published by the Visual Studies Workshop Press.
*There will be an artist talk with Kirby Pilcher and Luke Strosnider Monday, October 27, 2-3:30 p.m. at The Ohio State University in Hopkins Hall, Room 262 on the Columbus campus. This exhibit is co-sponsored by Ohio State Marion's Wayne & Geraldine Kuhn Fine Art Gallery, and the Ohio State Art Department.
The Kuhn Fine Arts Gallery is located off the main lobby at the east entrance of Ohio State Morrill Hall, 1465 Mount Vernon Avenue, Marion, Ohio 43302
The gallery is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., September through May, and 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June through August.