THE WILD UNREST
DEVIN BORDEN GALLERY
FEBRUARY 22 – APRIL 2, 2019
Devin Borden Gallery presents The Wild Unrest, artist Ted Kincaid’s fourth solo exhibit with the gallery. The installation of real and manufactured photographs explores a dialogue between the elements of earth, sea, sky, and the human figure. While seemingly disparate in nature, the selection of images is the artist’s investigation of the simultaneous emergence of the Aesthetic Movement of the 19th Century and the concept of homosexuality as an innate identity rather than a behavior. Using Walt Whitman, Thomas Eakins, and Herman Melville as artistic pioneers and cultural touchstones, Kincaid has blurred the line not only between real and manufactured realities, but also between real and imagined histories.
Central to this exhibition is the concept that the artist’s identity manifests itself in his aesthetic response to all subject matter, and that the concept of “queer art” must extend itself beyond what is traditionally accepted as such. In short, Kincaid’s photographic response to the male figure, the deciduous landscape, and the rolling waves are inseparable — and should be viewed as a single, cohesive statement and body of work.
Over the course of two decades, Kincaid has systematically subverted the notion of an objective photographic record. As his art continues to explore the play between painting and photography, Kincaid is one of several artists creating a new painting informed by photo-imagery and a new photography influenced by painting. The artist has explored this conceptual discourse through multiple series of work, deftly riding the line between the construction of totally manufactured images that bear the aesthetic of seemingly straightforward photographic images and actual photographs that buzz with vibrant palettes almost too fantastic to be considered plausible.