Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
((American; Antone Dolezal b. 1982; resides in Santa Fe, NM; Lara Shipley, b. 1980; resides in Lawrence, KS)
With childhood ties to the Ozark region in the central United States, Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley, both accomplished artists in their own right, began traveling and photographing the area together in 2012. While collaborating, the artists maintain individual photographic practices: Shipley’s work focuses on people and the narrative of their lives in out-of-the-way places; Dolezal’s practice is rooted in history and folklore and their role the American social landscape. Melding their respective styles in the series, “Devil’s Promenade” (2012-2014), the pair creates a narrative portrait of a local supernatural phenomenon called “the spook light.” Appearing as a disembodied orb of light both in the woods and along remote country roads, generation-after-generation of locals relay stories of their experiences with the light. Documenting an area called "Devil’s Promenade," located on the Missouri-Oklahoma border, Dolezal and Shipley see the beliefs around the light as a mode of understanding the culture of the region.
Antone Dolezal completed his BFA from the College of Santa Fe (2006). Lara Shipley completed her MFA from Arizona State University (2013) and her BJ from the University of Missouri (2004). Both artists have been included in numerous exhibitions across the United States of their respective work. Their series “Devil’s Promenade” has been featured in various media outlets including: NPR (2013), Lenscratch (2013); Feature Shoot (2013) and Vice (2014). The pair has published two books of the series with Search Party Books, Spook Light Chronicles Vol. 1 – the road to the light (2013) and Spook Light Chronicles Vol. 2 – the phosphorescent man (2014, forthcoming).