Brad Temkin: Selections from the series Rooftop

September 26 – November 7, 2013
Arrowhead Gallery
The Rouge (looking Southwest) – Dearborn, MI August 2011 by Brad Temkin, 2011, Archival Inkjet Print

Brad Temkin's Project Statement:
Green roofs are living, ever-changing entities which are unobserved and inaccessible by the general public.  Instead, they serve a more cogent purpose, as the harbinger of urban sustainability. My photographic project "Rooftop" addresses what some contemporary urban pioneers are doing to mitigate the consequences of non-renewable energy consumption – by countering heat island effect, improving storm water control, and reducing our carbon footprint. In these photographs, I draw attention to the positive effects of living architecture by maintaining the dynamism that exists.  The juxtaposition of these mostly invisible, elevated, landscapes imbedded in urban surroundings is the essence of the pictures.  They represent the judicious reintroduction of nature, flourishing in the city, displaying points of integration and discord. 

As a photographer, I am interested in communicating how the human experience is transformed through the camera.  The pictures need to reach across cultures and strike responsive chords.  The series "Rooftop" suggests that through grace and ingenuity, we may be able to integrate booming urbanization with a healthier environment, and a more responsible infrastructure.

Throughout his career, Chicago-based photographer Brad Temkin (American, b.1956) has been documenting the human impact on the landscape. He has exhibited his photographs in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad. Temkin’s works are included in numerous permanent collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago; Milwaukee Art Museum; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Akron Art Museum, Ohio; and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, among others. His images have appeared in such publications as Aperture, Black & White Magazine, TIME Magazine and European Photography. A monograph of Mr. Temkin’s work was published in 2005 entitled Private Places: Photographs of Chicago Gardens (Chicago: Columbia College Chicago, Center for American Places, 2005). He teaches photography at Columbia College in Chicago, and has been a lecturer and visiting artist at numerous institutions in the United States.

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