Richard Koenig

(b. 1960; resides Kalamazoo, MI)

Richard Koenig completed his BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York (1985) and his MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington (1998). Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Riley Gallery, Notre Dame University, IN (2018); Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (2013);and Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI (2008); among many others. He is currently the Genevieve U. Gilmore Professor of Art at Kalamazoo College.
The Rim of the Great Basin (21)

The Rim of the Great Basin (21)

Plum Creek Railroad Attack Site (31)

Plum Creek Railroad Attack Site (31)

Past Portfolio

By contradicting flatness and space, by underscoring the importance of perspective, I hope to confuse the objective with the subjective in a larger sense. As opposed to resolving issues, I want to increase a perception of tension, to dwell in that which is uncertain. —Richard Koenig

Richard Koenig’s Ambivalent Views pictures are carefully crafted illusions that utilize the camera’s capability to produce optical tricks and the artist’s skillful layering of photographs onto a single plane. Often featuring an image of a private space or an intimate moment inset within a public space, Koenig’s photographs evoke thoughts of our own private moments in the most generic and impersonal spaces - melding two frequently experienced conditions.



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