Unusual Characters: Portraits and the Modern Eye
Unusual Character: Portraits and the Modern Eye shares the work of five modern photographers whose portraits are atypical, uncomfortable, yet inexplicably attractive. They make us pause and ask questions. The process, medium, and presentation used by the artists in this exhibition add to the mystery. The wet-plate tintypes of Craig Barber harken to an earlier age and the 3D animations of Claudia Kunin cause the subjects to move among us. Sunjoo Lee’s paper covered models are robotic and abstract at the same time. Sandra Klein’s self-portrait composites puzzle, surprise, and inform us, while Matt Zory’s street photography reveals a harsher side that some of us never see and many of us want to avoid.
These photographers make creative choices, as all artists do, that affect and illuminate the character in the photo. Our interpretations shed light on who we are and how we see humanity.
Artists: Craig Barber, Sandra Klein, Claudia Kunin, Sunjoo Lee, Matthew Zory
Curator: Kent Krugh
October 22, 2022
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Artists share their inspiration for featuring nature in their work as it relates to planet stewardship or their motivation for the creative pursuit of portraits that illuminate the human experience.
Sunjoo Lee, Memorabilia Three—Jacqueline, 2017. Archival pigment print, 24 x 16 inches. Courtesy of the artist
Craig Barber, Crystal with Knife, 2012. Tintype, 10 x 8 inches. Courtesy of the artist
Sandra Klein, Creative Growth, 2017. Archival pigment print, 24 x 36 inches. Courtesy of the artist
Fitton Center for Creative Arts
101 S Monument Ave
Hamilton, OH 45011
Mon–Thur 10am–7pm, Fri 10am–5pm, with extended hours prior to performances & public events
Free to the Public