Pocket Utopia is pleased to present its first solo exhibition of photographs by Kris Graves. For the past three years, Graves has focused his camera directly on Iceland and its isolation and independence. Iceland is alone in a cold sea, sparsely populated; its volcanic visage is harsh and unrelenting. Discovering, via one (mostly) drivable road, and finding what's missing from the known story, Graves shows us this Iceland.
Graves creates photographs of the ever-changing landscape and of people, their independence and stoicism, to preserve memory. The images' stillness causes the viewer to acknowledge the inevitability of change and the passage of time. These views will never be exactly as they were at their precise recorded moment. Graves suspends his belief and knowledge of this change, not to document a moment or state, but rather to sustain or to discover it.
Kris Graves (b. 1982) has lived his entire life in New York, and currently resides in Queens. He received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from SUNY Purchase College in 2004, and alongside photography has organized and curated many group exhibitions. He has exhibited at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, as well as the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia and was included in several group exhibitions at the first Pocket Utopia in Brooklyn (2007-2009).
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