Daniel Kukla

21.11.2012 in18:36 in Creative,photoart, Landscapes -->


My artistic practice is informed by the joint intersection of my work as a photographer, and my formal training in the biological and anthropological sciences. I work at the juncture of these disciplines, focusing in on capturing evidence as images that have the power to articulate our ever-changing relationship with the natural world. In both science and photography the act of collection is universal. Whether specimen or subject, the collection process allows one to categorize, control, and critically describe one’s findings, and contribute them to the collective work of others in the field. I find that this process allows me to engage my audience with contemporary social and environmental themes, ranging from the commonplace to the esoteric. As a calculated investigation, my projects document and bear witness to important social, political and ecological issues; through highlighting the beautiful and the bizarre, and retaining the precision and experimentation of the scientific perspective, I offer a vantage point on these subjects that can destabilize, challenge and provoke

What kind of reality would emerge if Georgia O’Keefe were to meet Rene Magritte? In his series “The Edge Effect” Daniel Kukla presupposes this encounter and the result is both familiar and foreign. Using the infinite landscapes of California’s Joshua Tree National Park as inspiration, Kukla captures a snapshot of the big-picture surroundings – be it a night sky, or a stretch of mountain range – in addition to a small, intimate detail on a square of canvas. That small peek of shrubbery or jagged corner of a rock becomes the singular tie that connects Kukla’s fabricated landscape to the natural one that serves as a contrasting backdrop. The “edge effect” is powerful and palpable to the viewer; the sharp fall-off of colors from the painted sky is met by the dark blades of foliage while, in another work, a cloud-streaked blue surface meets a new companion in the quiet rocks and boulders. Kukla’s series gently encourages a reexamination of a singular environment in two different scales and contexts, and opens a new realm of possibilities of interpreting the gifts of nature.

The Edge Effect…

Daniel Kukla