Rochester Art Museum to display photographs by Scott Kuckler
Artists of all types often start by creating and showing their work to their families. Then maybe, with encouragement, they list their work in exhibitions, join an arts organization, or create an Instagram account for their art.
Some find success with the sales of their art and they may even become full-time “professional” artists, meaning they earn their living from their creative work. They can get gallery representation or become collector’s items.
Some works by artists may even be exhibited in museums or be part of a museum’s permanent collection. It makes the Artist’s Path simple, but of course it’s life, and with social media and the internet allowing us to branch out, we no longer live life in the form of an outline. We no longer establish our “thesis”, our life goal, no longer expose the big “supporting ideas” or the necessary milestones and steps to get there – “There” being the success of our professional career thus obtaining our proverbial gold watch.
Today our lives are more like a web of ideas. Who we are and what we love are central and branches are all the things we could do to accomplish who we are and want to be. Exeter photographer Scott Kuckler has been pursuing his artistic journey for decades and has discovered how to nurture his passion.
Kuckler says: “Photography is my passion, but not my daily job. I made my living as a photographer and thought it sucked. To save my passion for my personal work, I had to find another way to make a living.
Kuckler’s personal work involves innovative photographic techniques. Kuckler is widely known for his “naturalist nudes,” as he calls them. Striking photographs of nude figures in natural environments, often outdoors. These can be seen on his Instagram. “This job is more risky and controversial,” he says.
Kuckler’s work, which he calls “G Rated”, is less well known and suitable for a general audience. Laura Harper Lake, co-host of the Creative Guts podcast, who is also on the Arts Advisory team at the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts (RMFA), nominated Kuckler’s work for an exhibition. Amy Marie Regan, Associate Director and Founder of RMFA, says the museum’s mission is “to showcase a wide variety of art and display Scott’s work exposes our clients to a lifetime of skill in both composition and technical ability. . With the proliferation of digital images, we believe it is also important to expose traditional techniques for customers to discover and learn.
Kuckler’s work for this exhibition continues to be nature-based but does not include nudes.
“It’s a G rated show, little kids won’t be scared,” he says. “Some images are very abstract. You can’t tell what an object is from the photo, but once you know (what it is) you can easily see it. I want people to look at it. and see for themselves.
Regan says, “The collection we have chosen to exhibit includes alternative photographic prints designed by experts and meant to be experienced in person. Scott’s unconventional approach to the silver gelatin process uses various toning and post-development processes. Some photographs are printed on traditional fiber-based papers while others are printed on emulsion-treated canvas. The results are unique images that cannot be reproduced or fully experienced digitally. “
“This is my first museum exhibition, exclusively of my own work, with my techniques developed by myself,” Kuckler says, “It’s exciting.”
Discover this new work and the Rochester Museum of Fine Art during the month of October. The reception for the Kuckler exhibition is on October 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. RSVP on the museum’s website, other schedule details can also be found there.
Vandy Leigh is a teaching artist and storyteller and the developer of the creative community at Creative Community Space, an arts hub, in Epping. She can be reached by email: [email protected]
What: An exhibition of Scott Kuckler’s work
When: In October
Where: Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, James W. Foley Memorial Community Center, 150 Wakefield Street, Rochester, NH 03867