Kevin Warth is a photography and installation artist fascinated with “…photography’s relation to memory and the Real”. His images are clean and formally composed but often highlight one or more elements that feel idiosyncratic given the environment they find themselves in. A family room portrait with heads obscured by sinister, abstract head pieces, or the wash hanging on the clothes line to dry including a leather, S&M mask. One of these things is not like the other.
Warth counts artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie, and Margaret LeJune as influences, but the substantial intellectual underpinning of his work is drawn from the work of theorists and scholars like José Esteban Muñoz. “His concept of disidentification was a crucial theoretical tool as I developed my most recent body of work,’ explains Warth.
“I believe that it is crucial for artists, and photographers in particular, to be aware of the ways in which their work interacts with and considers the medium itself. My photographs are almost always self-referential and call attention to the act of photography itself or the position of photography in our society. “boy and his SIR: BDSM and the Queer Family”, for instance, looks at the language and traditions of portraiture and how the act of photographing itself creates family.”
Warth was recently one of four photographers invited to exhibit work for Point of View at Gallery K, which closed November 26. He is also currently one of the artists featured in Artists in Our Midst group exhibit at Kaviar Forge Gallery (1718 Frankfort Ave in Louisville) October 30—December 26, 2015.
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Name: Kevin Warth
Hometown: New Albany, Indiana
Currently a student at the University of Louisville, completing BFA in 2D Studios and BA in Art History for graduation in spring 2016