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Coast To Coast

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion will feature the photography of Justin Kimball in “Pieces of String,” an exhibit that opens on March 13 and runs through April 18. The exhibit is held in conjunction with the MOPLA – Month of Photography, Los Angeles.

Work by Cierra Lopez and Melissa Aviles will also be on display in the Art Pavilion’s second gallery. The gallery will be open from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesdays.

A closing reception is planned on Saturday, April 19, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., including a presentation by Kimball and book signing. Refreshments will be served.

For four years Justin Kimball photographed in abandoned homes, hotels and buildings in the Northeastern United States. For much of this work he accompanied his brother Doug, an auctioneer, into the houses of the deceased or dispersed. While Doug cleared these spaces of items for potential resale, Justin sought within them the evidence of an individual’s life.

Photographing “the smallest objects (a note, a box of hair pins, a stain on a pillow),” Kimball re-imagines their existence and relationship to the absent owners. “I use the camera’s descriptive power and the photographic illusion of truth to create the narrative and inspire feelings about its subject. The resulting photographs are my perception of what happened in those spaces: Who lived there? What was hidden and what was seen?”

Kimball’s 60 color photographs from this body of work are explorations of the minutiae of everyday life—a contemplation of our brief and humble legacies before they are cleaned up and cast to the wind.

Kimball was born in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1961. He completed his M.F.A. in photography at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture and earned his B.F.A. in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design.

His photographs have appeared in many publications and his work is included in numerous collections, including the Corcoran Museum of Art, George Eastman House, J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Portland (Oregon) Museum of Art, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Kimball taught photography for more than 20 years at colleges and universities, including the Rhode Island School of Design, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Orange Coast College and Amherst College, where he is currently an associate professor of art. He lives with his wife, Maura Glennon, and their two children, Zeke and Ellie, in Florence, Massachusetts.