Landscape photographer presents work at UMKC Gallery of Art

“Landscape Photographs, 2007-2010,” a photography exhibition by Patrick Lakey, will be presented from Jan. 17 to Feb. 19 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History Gallery of Art. The Gallery of Art is located in Room 203 of the Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo. The gallery is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Lakey’s ongoing photography project is an exploration of the American landscape. Using large format negatives from disparate locations, he investigates the wide scope of landscape and the intonations received from one frame to the next.

After creating a variety of photographs for more than a year and a half, Patrick sat down to edit them into a body of work and found something missing. His solution was to fracture the frame, creating multi-panel works out of one negative.

Always about space and place, Lakey’s work now directly approaches these themes. Looking back to Carleton Watkins in the 19th century and Ansel Adams and Edward Weston in the 20th century, Lakey stakes a claim in this subject matter. Stark, bold, and dense, his photographs range across coastal motifs: clogged brush, burned-out vistas and pastoral scenes that shift between beauty and bleakness.

Lakey earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993 and received his Master of Fine Arts at the University of California, San Diego in 1998. Lakey has exhibited nationally and internationally at places, such as Galerie Michael Janssen, Jessica Murray Projects and Timothy Taylor Gallery. His work has been featured in publications across the globe, including The Los Angeles Times and Time Out London.

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