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mikael kennedy

I have this friend who is married to this guy who has a blog. (called secret forts, which is well worth checking out, by the way) And while visiting this blog I read about a show of Mikael Kennedy‘s polaroid photographs currently on view at the Chelsea Hotel (suite 524) in NYC. And instead of my usual ‘oh this looks cool too bad I can’t make it’ reaction, I packed up my kid and went to the west side to check it out.

I’ve never heard of Kennedy before, but after spending a bit of time with his images, I feel like I’ve found a kindred spirit. Not so much in the actual subject matter, but in the fact that this guy, much like me, has been carrying his SX-70 around with him everywhere shooting whatever he finds interesting at the moment. And the result is a series of beautiful compelling mysterious images that tell the story of a life, a voyage, of objects lost and and places that may have been forgotten were it not for their presence in this archive.

The show is simply hung, with the polaroids in plastic sleeves on the off-white walls of an otherwise empty and appropriately worn hotel suite. There is a table with an arrangement of exposed polaroids that didn’t quite come out, most likely a result of Kennedy’s tendency to buy outdated film, and an SX-70 camera, which one imagines was responsible for much of the imagry in the room. The presentation is slapdash and precious at the same time, a combination that very much fits the medium. And by the time we left, we felt like we had wandered through a secret and magical world.

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Here’s a view of the installation (lifted from the secret forts entry, thank you so much, because I still fkeep forgetting to shoot the things that I want to blog about!)

The show is well worth checking out if you are around and about before it closes on May 2. If not, the images are all on view at the gallery site, so you can always enjoy them from the comfort of your own desktop…

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