An Incongruent Blend - Maine College of Art

Justin Kirchoff

My perspective is not of the idealistic youth, beauty or one of older wisdom. It is an incongruent blend.

Through his art, Professor of Photography Justin Kirchoff explores his personal curiosity of the built landscape, personal identity and beauty of the photographic print.  His current work explores the contradictions and connections of fatherhood, masculinity and the home, while prodding the clichés of midlife.  In 2013 he received a Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant and is a former Artist‐in‐Residence at The Addison Gallery of American Art.  In 2014, his exhibit Half‐Life at the George Marshall Store Gallery in York featured a series of silver gelatin prints (and one digital) covering key images from 2007 to 2014 that marked his 40 years on the planet.

About his series “My Inner Child is  Mini Bike” Justin says, “Our culture makes few provisions for men to be both a domestic caretaker, while participating in culturally masculine behavior. These ‘potential paradoxes’ are ripe with both serious and humorous imagery . . .  Since becoming a father, I have found myself enjoying to drift somewhere between the bridge of youth to a self‐awareness of aging. This drifting has allowed me to see the beauty of domestic scenes and uncover the humor in my life. My perspective is not of the idealistic youth, beauty or one of older wisdom. It is an incongruent blend.”

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