photo-eye Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Kelli Connell from her series Double Life. The exhibition runs May 8th through June 30th with an artist reception on June 1st. This will be Connell’s first exhibition at photo-eye Gallery.
Kelli Connell's series, Double Life, appears to document the evolving relationship between two women. By combining multiple negatives of the same model, Connell uses digital imaging techniques to create constructed realities. The model acts out various fictional scenarios, with the characters' body language and clothing changing in each image. The work represents Connell’s investigation of identity, sexuality, and gender roles, as they shape and are expressed within intimate relationships. Through her photographs she addresses complex issues about visual rhetoric and the self. As she states in an interview in her newly released monograph:
“I’ve always seen identity as something that is very fluid and as such I usually shy away from labels altogether. Still, a larger part of this work explores the nature of identity formation. In my own personal history, the process of questioning my sexuality was confounding, because the conventional categories, and even the need to categorize in the first place felt like… something being pushed on me. Meanwhile the internal experience of my sexual and gender identity was quite natural and yet not a static thing at all. Perhaps this work is trying to figure out why we rely on categories and labels the way we do."
Kelli Connell’s body of work entitled Double Life has been widely received and included in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Her work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Microsoft, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museum of Contemporary Photography, and The Dallas Museum of Art. Connell’s first monograph entitled Kelli Connell: Double Life was published by DECODE Books in the fall of 2011. Other recent publications include Auto Focus: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography (The Monacelli Press), Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography (Phaidon) and Photo Art: The New World of Photography (Aperture).