Richard Koenig

(b. 1960; resides Kalamazoo, MI)

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.

Born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1960, Koenig received his BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York (1985) and his MFAfrom Indiana University, Bloomington (1998). Recent solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Downstairs Gallery, UC Berkeley Extension, San Francisco; L&B Viewing Room, Portland, Oregon; and Light Fine Arts Gallery, Kalamazoo College, Michigan. Koenig currently teaches in the art department at Kalamazoo College.

Pearl Street #1, 1999Pearl Street #1, 1999
Pearl Street #2, 1999Pearl Street #2, 1999


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