Santa Fe, N.M.—January 24, 2014—The Photography Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) announced that its Spring exhibition will feature the work of Kevin O’Connell, a Denver-based photographer who explores the effects of wind energy on the Western landscape. Kevin O’Connell: Everything Comes Broken will open to the public on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a reception at SFUAD’s Marion Center for Photographic Arts. Monte del Sol Charter School students will open an exhibition in the Marion Center the same evening.
As O’Connell writes in his artist statement, “These photographs are not intended to make a definitive statement about the economic value, efficiency or public policy wisdom of wind energy. Rather, my goal is to compel the viewer to consider our wind energy future in a broad, qualitative dialogue—a vision within the realm of art and poetry. It is my hope that this exhibition gives cause for reflection on some of the questions and issues that exist beyond the present dialogue surrounding wind energy. What are we trading away for the promise of renewable energy? Will wind energy forever change the land? What is the fate of the horizon?”
O’Connell, trained as a civil engineer and attorney, has photographed the American West since 1989. He currently works both as an engineering consultant on water projects and as an artist inspired by themes of the environment, energy development, and how individuals live in and relate to Western landscapes. His work was recently exhibited at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art; it is also part of the permanent collections of numerous institutions, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Kevin O’Connell: Everything Comes Broken
Opening reception concurrent with the opening of the Monte del Sol Charter School student exhibition
Thursday, Feb. 6, 5–7 p.m.
Atrium Gallery at the Marion Center for Photographic Arts
Santa Fe University of Art and Design
1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe
Free and open to the public. The O’Connell exhibition will run through Saturday, May 17, and will be viewable Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Monte del Sol student exhibition will run through Friday, Feb. 28. For more information, contact Sharon Russell at 1-505-473-6341.
Santa Fe’s photo-eye Gallery will mount a complementary exhibition, Kevin O’Connell: Conventional Entropy, from Feb. 7 through March 29. In this show, O’Connell examines energy development and consumption, including the proliferation of decaying machines used to extract energy from natural landscapes. photo-eye is located at 376-A Garcia Street.
About SFUAD’s Photography Department
The Photography Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design offers a comprehensive education in the theory, techniques, history and ethics of photography. This base, integrated with a strong foundation in other visual and liberal arts, provides students with the knowledge and perspective they need to pursue photography as a creative professional. The program, housed in the Anne and John Marion Center for Photographic Arts, encompasses both analog and digital technologies, giving students the chance to work in exemplary traditional and alternative process darkrooms and a state-of-the-art digital facility. Students also have access to the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Library, anoutstanding resource on the history, aesthetics and technology of photography.