Exhibition: May 12 – July 5, 2017
The world around us pulses with living, throbbing, wanting, aware creatures.
After a move from city to the country, Kevin Horan’s new neighbors–sheep–greeted him in a chorus of voices each time he returned home. Soprano, bass, raspy, soft, quick, slow: they were all different. It occurred to him these creatures were all individuals. Deep experience in making portraits of humans made him wonder if he could capture them as such. In their faces, he was looking not for animals who looked like people, but for non-human persons.
Treated as if they were customers of the small-town photo studio, they seem to have personalities. Perhaps they do, and the photograph allows us to see them. Or perhaps the language of the photo cues us to generate the impression of a personage.
Kevin Horan is an artist based in Langley, Washington. He is working on projects which look at animals as people, people as animals, and the planet as a very small place. His pictures are reality-based, and he enjoys finding the amazing hidden in the ordinary. His work from Chattel was selected for the Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 in 2014.
A recovering photojournalist, Horan has published his work in The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, LIFE, U.S. News & World Report, National Geographic, and numerous other magazines and books. Horan based himself in Chicago 1976-2006 and Whidbey Island since 2006, with assignments ranging from presidential campaigns to small-town life in Russia to development issues in the Amazon to following a dollar bill for a week for LIFE Magazine. He was Artist in Residence, Glacier National Park, September, 2004; staff photographer for Chicago In The Year 2000; staff photographer for the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times, 1977-1981. He received a degree in journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.