Kay Kenny

Miska Draskoczy 

April 4 to May 10, 2015  

portfolio showcase 
Robin Michals and Mark Lyon

Kay Kenny, Into the Night in the Middle of Nowhere

Cactus With Slip by Kay KennyCactus With Slip by Kay Kenny

Miska Draskoczy, Gowanus Wild

Gowanus_Wild_Egret by Miska DraskoczyEgret from Gowanus Wild by Miska Draskoczy

Portfolio Showcase
Night Photography
From Cities to Towns to Way, Way Beyond

Robin Michals, Castles Made of Sand

Robin Michals - Boathouse Angler's Fishing ClubBackhouse Anglers Fishing Club, E. 14th Road, Broad Channel, Queens, NY, January 23, 2015
by Robin Michal 

Mark Lyon, Bay Views

Mark Lyon - Foam and Wash, PoughkeepsieFoam and Wash, Poughkeepsie by Mark Lyon

Kay Kenny, Into the Night in the Middle of Nowhere

IBlue Tarp by Kay Kennynto the Night in the Middle of Nowhere is an artist’s celebration of lonely corners of our rural landscapes. In a series of long exposures that capture the intense activity of the night sky, silhouettes of the darkened landscape are backdrops for the illuminated otherworldly events taking place below. Kenny places familiar objects and often herself – still or moving- in these nocturnal settings. With only the stars and moon for ambient light, she employs flashlights, car headlights and improvised devices to create the otherworldliness of her scenes.
(above: Blue Tarp by Kay Kenny)

Bio: Kay Kenny’s work is in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, the Buhl Collection, and Southern Alleghenies Museum, among others. She has exhibited widely in solo and group shows including: Dorsky Museum of Art, Ashville Museum of Art, Trenton Museum and the Griffin Museum of Photography. Kenny received 2009 Lucie Awards’ Honorable Mention in FineArts Photography and is a three-time recipient of NJSCA fellowship award. Recent publications include Photographys Antiquarian Avant-Garde, by Lyle Rexer, Light & Lens, Photography in the Digital Age, & Photographic Possibilities by Robert Hirsch, She has taught photography for over twenty years at New York University and the International Center for Photography in New York City.

Miska Draskoczy, Gowanus Wild

Moon Dock by Miska DraskoczyMiska Draskoczy aims to turn concepts of nature photography on their head by finding the beautiful in what most consider a man-made environmental catastrophe. The Gowanus Canal, one of the most polluted waterways in the country and its surrounding neighborhood haveseen continuous industrial use since the 19th century. His vision is to capture a marriage of opposites; the organic in the industrial, green within blacks and grays, stillness and peace in urban chaos.  He sees Gowanus Wild as an urban hiking manual, a continuation of generations of landscape photography, updated for our technological age. If only we adjust our perception of what is ‘nature’ and ‘wild’ around us, a fascinating wilderness can be found in the fringes of our decaying city where nature and chaos conspire to produce a new type of wild beauty.
(above: Moon Dock by Miska Draskoczy)

Bio: Miska Draskoczy’s photography has been exhibited in the US and abroad including solo shows at the Vermont Center for Photography and the Ground Floor Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and group shows including “The Fence at Photoville,” 2013. His work has been featured in the press by The New Yorker’s Photo Booth blog, Time Out, PDN, Gizmodo, Featureshoot, Hyperallergic, Brokelyn and many others. He was recently named a Photolucida Critical Mass finalist. Miska’s visual arts career also includes co-founding a conceptual arts organization, directing surreal sci-fi shorts, writing and developing a Slamdance shortlisted horror feature, and creating a documentary web series. He also works as a director, editor, and animator through his production company snow23. He is an avid rock and ice climber.

 Selected through our Portfolio Showcase Call for Work,
the gallery is also featuring portfolios by Robin Michals and Mark Lyon

Robin Michals, Castles Made of Sand

New Dorp Beach, Staten Island, 2014 by Robin Michals

Castles Made of Sand is a series of photographs of the low-lying areas of the New York metropolitan region that are threatened by sea level rise. The unprotected built environments along the water’s edge are vulnerable. The tide will rise and wash them away: maybe sooner, maybe later. Hurricane Sandy was a harbinger of this reality and all of the locations shown in this series were damaged by that storm. Some like the South Street Seaport and the Back House Anglers fishing club have not yet been repaired. Castles Made of Sand uses the metaphor of the end of the day to signal the end of an era. The series also lives in the moment, enjoying the beauty of the color of the light as it changes each day after sunset.
(above: New Dorp Beach, Staten Island NY, April 9, 2014 by Robin Michals.)

Bio: Robin Michals is a photographer whose work focuses on the de-industrialized urban waterfront. Photographs from her Castles Made of Sand series have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Historical Society, Boston’s Copley Society, and Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. Her series Toxi City: Brooklyn’s Brownfields was exhibited at the Brooklyn Lyceum in 2009 with support from the Brooklyn Arts Council and the Puffin Foundation. Michaels teaches photography at New York City College of Technology. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Mark Lyon, Bay Views

Defunct, Enfield CT by Mark Lyon

In this ongoing series, Mark Lyon of Ulster County NY, examines landscapes through empty self-service car wash bays. The landscapes appear secluded as they are captured at night around the fluctuating cycles of street lights and traffic patterns. These familiar landscapes, viewed through the stark tunnel of an empty bay and the shifting balance of interior and exterior light, are transformed from the quotidian into unfamiliar and mysterious places.
(above: Defunct, Enfield CT by Mark Lyon.)

Bio: Mark Lyon’s photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States including Pulse NY, The Aperture Foundation; Exposure, Photographic Resource Center, Boston; The Center for Photography Woodstock (CPW); and Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco. He is a recipient of the Artist Fellowship Award CPW, a runner-up for the Aperture Portfolio Prize and a 2011 Top 50 in Photolucida’s Critical Mass. Lyon’s work has appeared in numerous photography and culture publication including: The New York Times’ Lens; Photo District News (PDN) blog: Photo of the Day; DART: Design Arts Daily; Popular Photography and Chronogram Magazine (cover.)