To follow:  a series of shots I took of photographs at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.  The series is called The Poetics of Space and will be on display until March 15th, 2010.  I urge you to visit!  It is a fascinating group of pieces (among many more) that is a study into people’s lives.  I am constantly fascinated at what a person’s space reveals about them:

  • what is important to them
  • their travels
  • their past
  • what they love most
  • how they feel or want to feel when they are home
  • how they want to welcome family and friends
  • their successes
  • their culture
  • where they came from
  • who lives there
  • who they are
  • what they do every day

I invite you to study these interesting pieces and think about what they say to you.  I will add a few more in my next blog.  Enjoy!

Note:  The information on each piece(s) is below the photo.

Clearly, this photo was staged a bit...yet someone lived there at one time. Why is the space in such bad shape? Why did they not treat the surfaces properly to have them in such need of help? why is the ceiling layered off? Who owns it now and can I buy it from them?


Closed drapes pooling on the floor is interesting in itself, as generally that is not easy to live. Did the homeowner make ill fitting window treatments themselves? Are there windows on the other side? I see no movement of the fabrics or window outlines yet the light goes to the floor. Do you suppose the boy lives there or is visiting someone older?


While this piece gives the feel of times passed with the lighting and design, the laptop on the desk says otherwise. What just happened here? Note the toy horse in the same room. Is it a children's room? Maybe, but the nude says otherwise...


I adore this piece and am fascinated by what I see in the mirror. The mirror itself is either propped on the wall (dangerous in a child's room) or sagging on the dresser from age. If propped, this must be a gentle child. In the reflection: wallpaper in more dull colors for a child's room. The drapes are creased to show they are more open than closed in a dated fabric.


Information on the exibit


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Photos taken by  Jill Tran

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