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Bruce McKaig has been a visual artist for over thirty years, living in Europe, North and South America, and India. His material and digital images, objects, and installations examine artistic or cultural ideas about photography, sight and understanding at the individual or social level.  His current work examines socioeconomic data and produces projections, performance events, and participatory objects. He has been awarded private and public grants from the city of Paris and Washington DC, and has participated in over thirty solo and two hundred group exhibitions since 1980. His photographs are in museum collections in the USA, France, and Guatemala. He regularly lectures and writes on photography, and has curated group and solo exhibitions of other artists’ work since 1988. His own work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Associated Press, La Liberation (France), Photodom (Taiwan), and other journals, magazines and books. “I am less interested in making another photograph than I am in using photography to reexamine photography’s roles in my life and culture.”

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Exhibitions      Grants      Writing      Teaching      Bibliography      Education

Bruce McKaig

Artists' Housing Inc.

1444 East Baltimore Street 2A

Baltimore, MD 21231

Artist Statement

 

Photography started for me as a child on Sunday afternoons between the Wonderful World of Disney and family vacation slides. The slides were accompanied with stories and eventually they replaced my memories. I now remember being in a living room with screen, shag carpeting and a milkshake more than ever being at Hoover Dam or on a farm in Alabama. Between Disney and family vacation photos, I grew up with ample examples of how well photography makes up it’s own reality.

 

The slow emulsions of early photographic processes reduce bustling Paris or London to pictures of ghost towns, void of people and transient activity: nothing to do with what the cities looked like.  The fast shutter speed in Eddie Adams’ 1968 photograph of General Loan executing a man in Vietnam freezes the action after the bullet enters and before it exits the victim’s head.  The bullet entered Nguyen Van Lem’s head over forty years ago and in Adam’s photograph, it still rests there: very different from the execution itself. My family’s vacation photos display us shoulder-to-shoulder in front of points of interest, or the station wagon: not the vacation, purely how the vacation was photographed.

 

Initially, I explored photography’s urge to invent through its material qualities, pouring things on photo paper, hand coloring, intervening as much as possible. In my forties, I almost revisited teenage thoughts of being a photojournalist when I combined pinhole and time-lapse techniques to photograph people doing their job. That exploration produced images, objects, projections and public art projects, prompting thoughts on the context for art and public to interact or at least connect. As part of my first public art project in 2001, I produced 1000 DVDs and handed them out on the streets.

 

As the questions, “What is the art?” and, “How is the art experienced?” become less discrete, my interest in subject matter also shifts. Years of exploring photography as fantasy, and pursuing a career as an artist, have evolved into using the gestures, techniques, and history of photography to examine and repurpose graphic representations of data; pie charts, bar graphs, infographs. The socio-economic and demographic data become participatory images, objects, and time-based projections. I accompany some works on the accordion. Some works are edible.

 

My undergraduate degree is in economics and I first came to DC in 1984 for the Graduate School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. As an artist today, I explore experiential works that knead socio-economics into the history of photography to produce odd pairings: an edible pie chart, a photo-cake on obesity as part of a Cake Walk event, a framed trilogy of gender thaumatropes that, in motion, visually blur all gender distinctions and, literally, they no longer fit inside the frame. This exploration thus builds on socio-economic data, craft and materials, and the history of photography.

 

Exhibitions

 

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

 

2012   The Cube at Canal Park (projections)                          Washington DC

2009   Western Wyoming Community College                     Rock Springs, WY

2006   Austin College                                                                 Sherman, Texas

           District of Columbia Arts Center                                 Washington DC

2005   L’Alliance Francaise                                                       Miami, Florida

2004   Kathleen Ewing Gallery                                                Washington DC

           H Street Playhouse                                                         Washington DC

2003   Dumbarton Concert Gallery                                         Washington DC

2002   Kathleen Ewing Gallery                                                Washington DC

2000   Le Troisieme Bureau                                                       Paris, France

           APBNF, Bibliotheque Nationale de France                 Paris, France

1999   District Fine Arts                                                             Washington, DC

           Galerie Jean-Pierre Lambert                                          Paris, France

           Georgetown University                                                 Washington DC

1997   Photo Focus                                                                     Washington DC

1995   Galerie Jean-Pierre Lambert                                          Paris, France

1994   Librairie Les Mots a la Bouche                                      Paris, France

1992   Convento Capuchinas                                                    Antigua, Guatemala

1991   Galerie Jean-Pierre Lambert                                          Paris, France

1990   FNAC Rennes                                                                  Rennes, France

1989   Le Faste Fou                                                                     Paris, France

           Georgetown University                                                 Washington DC

           Martin Luther King Memorial Library                        Washington DC

1988   Convento de Santa Clara                                               Antigua, Guatemala

           The Biograph Theater                                                    Washington DC

1987   The Omni Georgetown Hotel                                       Washington DC

           Georgetown University                                                 Washington DC

1984   University of Texas at Arlington                                   Arlington, Texas

 

Group Exhibitions (selected)

 

2016   The Creative Alliance                                                    Baltimore, MD

           Artists' Housing Inc. (Open studio tour)                    Baltimore, MD

           The Chesapeake Art Center                                          Brooklyn Park, MD

2015   The Source Festival (a theater production)                Washington DC

           Fells Point Corner Theater (performance)                  Baltimore, MD

           Artists' Housing Inc (Open studio tour)                     Baltimore, MD

           School 33 Art Center                                                      Baltimore, MD

2014   Cube@Canal Park                                                          Washington DC

           Eye Street Gallery (DCCAH)                                        Washington DC

           Vizivarosi Gallery (projections)                                    Budapest, Hungary

           Plug Projects (screening)                                               Kansas City, MO

2012   The Art Museum of the Americas (screening)           Washington DC

           The Phillips Collection (screening)                              Washington DC

           The Science Club                                                             Washington DC

2011   Fraser Gallery                                                                  Washington DC

           PHOTOSTOP Gallery                                                    White River, VT

           Strathmore Gallery                                                         Bethesda, MD

           Spagnuolo Gallery at Georgetown University           Washington DC

           Capitol Hill Arts Workshop                                          Washington DC

2010   The National Portrait Gallery (projection)                  Washington DC

           Capitol Hill Arts Workshop                                          Washington DC

2009   The Luther W. Brady Gallery                                        Washington DC

           Gallery 360                                                                       Bethesda, MD

           Gallery Project (projections)                                          Ann Arbor, MI

           Capitol Hill Arts workshop                                           Washington DC

2008   Flik Film Festival (screening)                                        National Harbor, MD

           Kathleen Ewing Gallery                                                 Washington DC

           Corcoran College of Art and Design (screening)       Washington DC

           City Hall Exhibition                                                        Alexandria, VA

           Capitol Hill Arts Workshop                                          Washington DC

           Vizivarosi Gallery (projection)                                      Budapest, Hungary

2007   The Hungarian Multicultural Center (projections)   Budapest, Hungary

2006   Corcoran Museum of Art                                               Washington DC

           Kathleen Ewing Gallery (projections)                          Washington DC

           RTG Capitol Hill                                                             Washington DC

           University of Central Florida                                        Orlando, Florida

           Greater Reston Arts Center (projections)                    Reston, Virginia

2005   The Fraser Gallery                                                          Bethesda, MD

           RTG Capitol Hill                                                             Washington DC

           The Target Gallery                                                          Alexandria, Virginia

           Gormley Gallery (College of Notre Dame)                 Baltimore, MD

2004   Harmony Hall Regional Center                                    Ft Washington, MD

2003   AIPAD(Ewing Gallery)                                                  New York City, NY

2002   School 33 Art Center                                                       Baltimore, MD

           Corcoran Museum of Art                                               Washington DC

2001   Islip Art Museum                                                            Long Island, NY

           Centre des Bords de Marne                                           France

           Capitol Hill Arts Workshop(Jan/Feb/Mar)                Washington DC

2000   Carnavalet Museum                                                       Paris, France

           Artotheque Hennebont                                                  Hennebont, France

1999   Corcoran Museum of Art                                               Washington DC

           Galerie Jean-Pierre Lambert                                          Paris, France

1998   ProjectSpace                                                                     Washington, DC

           District Fine Arts                                                             Washington DC

           School 33 Arts Center (Artsites98)                                Baltimore, MD

           AIPAD (K. Ewing Gallery)                                            New York City, NY

1997   District of Columbia Arts Center                                  Washington DC

           Kathleen Ewing Gallery                                                 Washington DC

           Market 5 Gallery (Eastern Market)                               Washington DC

           Le Carrousel du Louvre (K. Ewing Gallery)               Paris, France

1996   Galerie Jean-Pierre Lambert                                          Paris, France

1995   Palais de L’Archeveque (Galerie Lambert)                 Arles, France

1993   Café Montage                                                                  Baltimore, MD

           Ellipse Art Center                                                           Arlington, VA

           Kathleen Ewing Gallery                                                 Washington DC

1992   District of Columbia Arts Center                                  Washington, DC

1991   Palais de Tokyo Museum                                               Paris, France

           The Tartt Gallery                                                             Washington, DC

           Kathleen Ewing Gallery                                                 Washington DC

1989   District of Columbia Arts Center                                  Washington DC

1989   Botswana Trade Show                                                    Washington DC

           Kathleen Ewing Gallery                                                 Washington DC

           En Marge Gallery                                                            Washington DC

1988   INGUAT                                                                           Guatemala City

           Martin Luther King Memorial Library                        Washington DC

1987   Kathleen Ewing Gallery                                                 Washington DC

           Marie Martin Gallery                                                      Washington DC

1987   Botswana Reopening                                                      Washington DC

1986   L’Espace Transart                                                            Paris, France

           Art Eroclyte                                                                      Paris, France

           George Mason University                                              Arlington, VA

           Allen Street Gallery                                                        Dallas, Texas

1985   Allen Street Gallery                                                        Dallas, Texas

1984   Moudy Exhibition Hall                                                  Ft. Worth, Texas

           University of Texas at Arlington                                   Arlington, Texas

1984   East Texas State University                                           Commerce, Texas

           The Magic Silver Show                                                  Murray, Kentucky

1983   The University of Texas at Arlington                           Arlington, Texas

           Ft. Worth Zoological Gardens                                       Ft. Worth, Texas

1981   Ida Green Gallery                                                           Sherman, Texas

1980   First State Bank of Sherman                                          Sherman, Texas

 

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Grants

 

2016   Crusade for Art Engagement Grant

2013   Humanities Council of Washington DC

2012   DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (Public Art Grant)

           DC Department of Transportation

2011   Humanities Council of Washington DC

2008   DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities  (Public Art Grant)

2007   DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities  (Artist Fellowship)

2003   DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities  (Artist Fellowship)

2001   DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities  (Art/Technology Program)

2001   DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities  (Small Projects Program)

1999   DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities  (Grants-in-Aid Fellowship)

1998   DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities  (Small Projects Program)

1996   The Florence Gould Foundation

1995   Les Affaires Culturelles de la Ville de Paris  (Paris France)

1986   Georgetown University (travel grant to Poland/Berlin)

1985   Georgetown University (travel grant to France)

1984   Georgetown University (travel grant to Poland)

 

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Writing

 

Reviews published on Baltimore's WhatWeekly blog 2015/6:

 

     Passion and Fantasy at Light City Festival

     Should Artists Get Paid or Not?

     Just Press Print

 

Reviews published 2010 on the DCArtnews blog 2010:

 

     Leslie Schwing at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

     Ben Ferry at Hillyer Art Space

     Carolina Mayorga at the Art Museum of the Americas

     More Photographs than Bricks at the Luther Brady Art Gallery, GW University

     Eadward Muybridge at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

     Steve Szabo at Harmony Hall Regional Center

     Gina Clapp at The City Gallery

     Dialogues in Mexican Photography at the Mexican Cultural Institute

     CHAW’s 4th Annual Photography Exhibition

 

Time Markers (article in Rangefinder Magazine 2008)

Marvelous Markers (letter to the editor in the Washington City Paper 2006)

Capture the World through a Pinhole (article in Footsteps Magazine 2005)

 

Entries in The Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Photography (Rutledge 2005):

 

     Photography in Central America, Galleries, Jean-Claude Lemagny, Stephen Szabo,

     The Artist Book, The Bibliotheque National de France, Camera: Pinhole

 

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Teaching (selected)

 

Georgetown University 2004 – present (Art Department Faculty)

 

Corcoran College of Art and Design 2001 – 2007 (Art Department faculty)

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop 2000 – 2013 (Chairman of the Photo Department, lead teacher for youth photography and movie making courses)

The Smithsonian Associates 1997 – 2011  (Photography classes)

Graduate School USDA 1997 – 2005  (Photography classes)

 

Hirshorn Museum/Sculpture Garden (USA) 2002 (photography workshops to teachers)

The Carnavalet Museum (Paris) 2000  (workshops in hand coloring, stereo photography)

 

Extensive teaching experience with youth (5-21 yr olds), additional experience with senior citizens, psychiatric patients, autistic teenagers, Girl Scouts, in public schools and in juvenile detention centers.

 

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Bibliography

 

Television Interviews

 

Fox News, Reporter: Holly Morris April 10 2012  ARTSNOW

Fox News, Reporter: Paul Raphel April 26 2011  Box O’Art

WETA, “Party Animals”, Joe Bruncsac, Producer 2002 Party Animals

 

Works on DVD

 

The Journal of Short Film (Ohio State Univeristy), Volume 30 2014

The Journal of Short Film (Ohio State University), Volume 15 2008

 

Articles in Books

 

The Kress Project (Georgia Museum of Art 2013)

The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition (National Portrait Gallery 2009)

Antiquarian Avantgarde (Lyle Rexer, Abrams 2002)

Paris En 3-D (Editions des Musees de la Ville de Paris 2000)

En Bateau (Pierre Borhan, Collections Horizons, Editor La Manufacture 1991)

 

Articles in Magazines

 

Shadow and Light Magazine (August 2016)

eXel photo (first print edition June 2014)

Rangefinder Magazine (Fine Art Edition October 2008)

The Photo Review (Summer 2003)

Landscape Architecture (Felix Gillette 2003)

History of Photography (National Museum of American History Spring 2000)

Untranslated article in Chinese (Photodom 1996/2)

Artsites 98: Body and Soul (D.C. Culbertson, Articulate, issue #29 1998)

Body and Soul (Peter Debeau, The Washington Review June/July 1998)

 

Articles in Newspapers

 

Reviewed: International Photography Competition (L. Jacobson, City Paper 2/18/2011)

Reviewed: More Photographs than Bricks (L. Jacobson, The City Paper 4/23/2010)

Portraits not just a moment in time (Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post 11/13/09)

‘Laura” is the face in the winner’s circle (J. Trescott, The Washington Post 10/23/2009)

Photography on Barracks Row (The Hill Rag Sept 2009)

Capitolstreets/news (The Hill Rag October 2009)

McKaig photos are on display (Daily Rocket-Miner 01/21/2009)

Truth in Photography? (Ingrid Roper Catron, The Hill Rag Jan 2008)

Time Markers (Louis Jacobson, The Washington City Paper Feb17-23 2006)

Time’s Slow Passage (Jessica Dawson, The Washington Post Feb 18 2006)

4th Bethesda International Photography Competition (L. Jacobson, City Paper 3/25/05)

Photography’s Finer Points (Sara Gebhart, The Washington Post July 22 2004)

Dedicated to Art (Louis Jacobson, The City Paper 10/06/02)

Reality Bytes (Mike Giuliano, Baltimore City Paper November 20 2002)

The Disposable Camera, Redefined (Nicole Miller, Washington Post Oct 10 ‘02)

Canned Camera (Josh Levin, The Washington City Paper Oct 4 2002)

Trashy Camera (Carl Hartman, The Associated Press Oct 18 2002)

Writing with light (Greg Varner, The Washington Blade March 26 1999)

Bad Nudes Bared (Mike Giulliano, Baltimore City Paper June 24 1998)

'Body and Soul' (John Dorbey, Sun Art Critic, The Baltimore Sun June 23 1998)

Not A Snap (Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post September 4 1997)

Bruce McKaig (La Liberation March 10 1995)

Bruce McKaig a la FNAC (M.-C. Biet, Ouest France April 18 1990)

The Gallery Within a Hotel (The Uptown Citizen WDC July 23 1987)

 

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Education

 

Master of Science in Foreign Service, with Distinction, Georgetown University, 1986

Bachelor of Art, Austin College, Sherman Texas 1981

L’Institut d’Etudes Europeenes, Paris France 1979-80

 

Additional training in workshops 1982-present, on darkroom and digital photography, video production and editing, in the US, France, Guatemala, and Germany

 

Languages: fluent written and spoken English and French, conversational Spanish

 

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