Ken Ragsdale: The Hundred - Acre Wood
March 20th - April 12th
Front Room Gallery is proud to present “The Hundred-Acre Wood” a solo exhibition of photographs by Ken Ragsdale. These magical photographs as are achieved through the artist’s composition of fabricated paper structures, which depict memories and landscapes of middle to north-west United States.
Ragsdale’s process begins with rough sketches of places and things from his past that are relevant to current themes he is considering. This exhibition focuses on a time period of 1974-78, in the regions of Northern Idaho, to Eastern Oregon and the areas between. As his working drawings solidify the dimensions of the objects which represent his memories from that era, Ragsdale considers the landscape, terrain and weather, filtered through his personal memories and experiences.
These types of recollections inform Ragsdale’s works and help to identify the key components of each work. Once the composition and components are determined as to capture the aura of a memory, schematic drawings are documented and prepared for hand assembly. Laboriously the schematics are cut out, folded and tabbed to create their final 3-dimensional formats. As each object is placed and the structures oriented, Ragsdale modifies the scenes to perfectly frame each scenario for the final photograph. From simple sheets of white Bristol Vellum, the atmosphere and lighting brings each image to life and allows for a reminiscent view of a wistful past.