Friday, October 16th to Thursday, November 12th, 2009

The Heaviest Flower, a two-person exhibition of recent photographic work by longtime friends and peers Elijah Gowin (Kansas City) and Colby Caldwell (Southern Maryland), opens at UCP’s Paragraph gallery, 23 East 12th Street, Friday, October 16, 6-9pm, and runs through November 12, 2009.  The artists will speak about their work at 6 pm on the evening of the opening. An 80-page, full-color catalog is being published by Tin Roof Press in conjunction with the exhibition.

Tied together through their innovative inquiry of the materiality of photography—both artists use painstaking and elaborate processes for reaching their final images – the exhibition circles around themes of anxiety, loss, and the tenuous beauty of living.  Both artists have rich histories shooting film and making prints, and possess a love and certain reverence for “the machinations or the materiality of photography itself,” as Caldwell describes it. But these two artists live equally in the digital age, applying its tools—digital cameras, Photoshop, scanners—toward a merger, or accumulation, of the analog and the digital that mines the potential and properties of both. On one level, it is this investigation into the nature of photography and the photograph that is the subject of their work, but it is in the delicacy and subtlety of manner with which this course of the investigation is pursued that the poetry and potency of the work of these two artists emerge. Read the full press release.

For photos of the event, check out our flickr.

Event Details

October 16th to November 12th, 2009


Paragraph Gallery (23 E 12th St. Kansas City, MO)

Artist Remarks
Friday, October 16th at 6 PM

About the artists:

Born in Dayton, Ohio in 1967, Elijah Gowin received an MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico in 1996 and currently lives and works in Kansas City, MO. He is represented by the Robert Mann Gallery, New York, and by the Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City. The recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (2008) and a Charlotte Street Foundation Award (2006), Gowin has presented solo exhibitions at galleries and museums including Robert Mann Gallery, NYC; Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA; Ellen Curlee Gallery, St, Louis, MO; Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT; Light Factory, Charlotte, NC; Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX; and Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, as well as in group exhibitions at venues including Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan; Noorderlicht Photogallery, Groningen, Holland; Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporaneo, Madrid, Spain; and Pace/MacGill Gallery, NYC. Gowin’s work is featured in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA; Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson; Princeton University Museum of Art, Princeton, NJ; Houston Museum of Art, Houston, TX; Hallmark Collection, Kansas City; and Sprint Corporation Art Collection; Overland Park, KS, among others.

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1965, Colby Caldwell received a BFA in photography from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 1990 and currently lives and works in St. Inigoes, Maryland. He is represented by Hemphill Gallery in Washington, DC and Nailya Alexander in New York. Caldwell’s work is featured in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS; and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, among others. His work has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibitions, including “small game” at Hemphill Gallery, “HOME” at Allan Sheppard Gallery, NYC; “Pattern Recognition at Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC; “48th Corcoran Biennial” at Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington , DC; and “decelerate” at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City.

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