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Alex Krajkowski’s Risk & Control

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March 1, 2020

Alex Krajkowski is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pacific Lutheran University. He began teaching Black & White and Digital Photography at PLU in 2018.

Alex Krajkowski was born in 1987 in New Jersey. He received his BA from Franklin and Marshall College, completed post-baccalaureate work at William Paterson University and Montclair State University, and received his MFA from the University of Oregon in Eugene. He currently resides in Tacoma, Washington.

Risk & Control

February 12 – March 4, 2020
Opening Reception: February 12 at 5pm

Alex Krajkowski’s work surrenders control to the multiple mechanical, chemical, and aesthetic processes that make up the photographic medium, yielding enigmatic and unexpected results.

Photos by John Froschauer.

Artist Statement

“My work focuses on a combination of conceptual, emotive, and aesthetic ideas, centering around the surrendering of control of the finished result to a variety of semi-automated processes. By exposing prints to obscure chemicals and the flow of water, using simple machines to create exposures on gelatin silver paper, or twisting paper into dramatic new forms, my work becomes a physical collaboration between myself and the processes themselves. This surrender to external elements allows for the genesis of unique visual decisions which form each one of a kind piece. At the same time, my work is also saturated with deeply personal emotion. Each work begins with a process of my design that is put into the hands of an external agent to create a visual exploration of my own narrative of anxiety, control, sexuality, and identity. Each piece ultimately represents an act of risk in ceding control of my designs and their physical expressions to another; another object, another material, another act of vulnerability.”

Support for this exhibition was provided by the Pacific Lutheran University School of Arts and Communications Professional Development Award.