Artist Statement


Ken K~(°1948, Northwestern Pennsylvania, United States) is an artist who mainly works with digital photography. By focusing on techniques and materials, K focuses on the idea of ‘private space’ and more specifically on spaces where anyone can do anything at any given moment: the personal-private space, the easily-accessed privately owned space, space that is interesting.

His photos are notable for their perfect finish and almost tactile nature. This is of great importance and bears witness to great craftsmanship. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, he considers making art a craft which is executed using clear formal rules and which should always refer to social reality.

His works are often about contact with his everyday life and basic living elements. Energy (heat, light, water), space, everyday objects or treasures, and landscape are examined in less obvious ways and sometimes developed in absurd ways. In a search for new methods to ‘read the world around him’, he often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.

His works are characterized by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middle-class mentality in which recognition plays an important role. Ken K~ currently lives and works in Wilmington.