Scenes from a Floating World: Michael Cardinali

06sepAll Day20janScenes from a Floating World: Michael Cardinali

Event Details

An exhibit of still life photography

Artist Statement

"I have been increasingly drawn to photographing still life arrangements over the past few years. This began at a residency in the northern New England woods, in an impulse to transition away from photographing the landscape yet still represent it somehow. I fell in love with the suggestive power of sticks and leaves. Weeds collected on a walk offered limitless possibilities to play with form, tone, and space. I also try to approach the ineffable qualities of the places from which they came. By creating imaginary spaces which sometimes utilize drawing, painting, and multiple exposures, these small, constructed worlds give me license to move from the literal to the ephemeral."

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Michael Cardinali creates photographs of landscapes, portraits and still lifes which build on relationships and histories and engage with the overlap of external and internal realities within an image. Born in New York and raised in New Jersey, he lives in Massachusetts and teaches photography at the University of New Hampshire, where he is Senior Lecturer in Art and Art History. He earned an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and a BFA from SUNY Purchase.

Cardinali’s work has been exhibited across the U.S. and internationally, including New York, Philadelphia, Boston, London, Edinburgh, Budapest and the United Arab Emirates. His first monograph, LOST Boston, was published in 2018 by +Kris Graves Projects. This publication is held in the library collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Duke University. His work has been supported by a Clowes Fund Fellowship to attend a Vermont Studio residency.

He has held workshops and presented lectures in New York, New England and beyond as well as serving as an exhibition jury member. His consulting work photographing museum collections has appeared in books, publications and ad campaigns, and he holds the position of Senior Object Photographer at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

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September 6 (Tuesday) - January 20 (Friday)


Haas Family Gallery and Recital Hall

973 Islington Street

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