Robert Kidd Gallery’s latest exhibit featuring Cyrus Karimipour’s photographs opened this past weekend and runs through April 10. Born in metro Detroit in 1973 to Scottish and Iranian immigrants in the medical profession, Karimipour dedicated his artistic pursuit to photography after a 15-year investigation into experimental and improvisational musical composition.
Earning a B.A. in English from Oakland University and an M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Karimipour’s work continues to reflect an interest in the human form, as well as a passion for the potential of improvisation, free association and visual metaphor.
Snapshots, commonly regarded as truthful photographic documents, are fictionalized to reveal another verity. Assembled images, whether layered, burned, scratched or surgically altered, employ the replication, and consequent multiplication, of simple reactions that parent photographs conceived beyond the bounds of moral censorship. Although all manipulation involves traditional black-and-white lithography materials and Polaroid films, images are printed to archival inkjet output in order to insure longevity.
Karimipour’s photographs extend the traditions of Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, encouraging the seamless and spontaneous migration between the real and the imaginary, the authentic and artificial, the explicit and implicit.
The gallery is located at 107 Townsend Street in Birmingham. For more information, call 248-642-3909 or visit http://www.robertkiddgallery.com.