621 Presents


an exhibition by Kalee Appleton

Opening Reception | March 5th, 2021
Doors Open at 6:00 PM | Talk Starts at 7:00 PM

Exhibition Dates | 03.05.2021 – 03.26.2021

Artist Statement:

This body of work blurs the line between drawing, sculpture and photography, while challenging the traditions of traditional photography through exploration of materiality and technique. This work explores the complicated relationship of society and the land by displaying visual platitudes of idealized depictions of landscapes and floral elements. By controlling and restricting the physical frame to a gesture, a mark reminiscent of a photoshop postproduction brush stroke, digitally manipulated landscape imagery and floral imagery is manifested into a physical object that wavers from a flat 2D photograph to a 3D object. The unframed pieces are results of a smart algorithm, content awareness, designed to fill an empty space with that of the imagery in which it surrounds. Together, these pieces examine the digital nature of the altered photographic landscape as a repeated or obviously falsified image. This digital-ness is transferred to the physical realm through the display within irregularly shaped wooden frames that contradicts the materiality of what is typically associated with a solid wooden structure and creates a sense of cohesion between natural and virtual motifs.

Artist Bio:

Kalee Appleton is a photography-based artist and assistant professor of Photography at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Originally from Hobbs, New Mexico, Appleton attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock and received a B.F.A. (2005) in photography. Shortly after graduation she worked as a corporate and aviation photographer, and she later attended Texas Woman’s University in Denton, where she received a M.F.A. (2014) in art. Appleton’s work deals with digital technologies and their effects on society, as well as with the nature of photography. Current, Appleton is an Amon Carter Community artist at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. She has had her work highlighted in various print and online forums including DMagazine, Glasstire, Plates to Pixels, Lens Culture and F-Stop Magazine. Appleton exhibits her work at Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas and has exhibited nationally at Filter Photo, Chicago, Illinois; Artsphere, Washington DC; Fotofest, Houston, Texas; and Houston Center for Photography.

for more information visit their website: http://www.kaleeappleton.com/