Oregon Caves 10-24-06 9 by Winter 2007 Hot Shot Jeffrey Krolick
Currently residing in: Ashland, OR
I completed a State University of New York campus-wide MFA program in 1983. My career path at that time focused primarily on fine art jewelry and sculpture, but my most consistent (and passionately practiced) artistic endeavor over the past 20 years has been photography. Although my vocation since 1986 has been in community mental heath, I have continued to explore photography in a disciplined way, while compiling a substantial body of evolving work which is just beginning to be exhibited. Photography in particular holds that impossibly seductive promise of learning to see in a new way which is at one and the same time democratic (the "subject"? of each photograph is as worthy as the next) and highly individualized (the unique formal qualities of the picture such as color, framing, lighting and personal, cultural and historical referends which may be conscious choices made by the photographer or serendipitous). Walt Whitman's stance of treating all moments as of equal consequence (the democratic) and Garry Winogrand's stated purpose in taking photographs - to see what the subject looks like as a photograph (individualized seeing) are the essential dynamics behind much of my photography. Formally my work explores how composition can unify disparate materials and seeming contradictory conceptual themes and how my personal aesthetic changes or remains static over time and across content.
Jeff Krolick earned an MFA in sculpture, studying with Albert Paley, and worked for many years as a craftsman, metalsmith and sculptor, exploring how composition can unify disparate materials and seemingly contradictory conceptual themes. Photography has been his preferred medium for the past 17 years to discover/uncover these relationships in the seemingly mundane scenes of everyday life and the natural world. He recently began exhibiting his work again after pursuing a career for many years as a counselor and administrator in the community mental health field. His work has been included in a number of shows this year including solo exhibitions at the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA and Dayton University's Rike Center for the Arts as well as group shows in Kansas City, Boston, Philadelphia and New York City.
Jeff's work has been recognized with awards from the Silver Eye Center for Photography, the Society for Contemporary Photography and the International Photography Awards which selected him as Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2005 and nominated him for a prestigious Lucie award.