Performance-Based Photographer Kerry Skarbakka
To Present at Suu’s Art Insights
Photo credit: "Last Ditch Effort" by Kerry Skarbakka. Courtesy of Kerry Skarbakka.
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: Photographer Kerry Skarbakka knows success. He also knows how to fall–and how to capture the act of falling in a photo lens. Skarbakka’s series “The Struggle To Right Oneself” captures the photographer falling all over the place, literally. These hazardous self-portraits have been exhibited everywhere from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow to The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; they’ve even been featured in an NBC Today Show segment. Skarbakka’s presentation of death-defying photography will (appropriately) take place at 7pm on Halloween, Thursday, October 31, 2013 in the Great Hall of SUU’s Hunter Conference Center. Admission is free and the general public is invited to attend.
Kerry Skarbakka received his B.A. in Studio Art with an emphasis in Sculpture in 1994 from the University of Washington School of Art, and his MFA in Photography from Columbia College in Chicago in 2003. He sees "The Struggle To Right Oneself" series as the culmination of his backgrounds in martial arts, rock climbing, acting, and visual art. In describing the series, Skarbakka offers the following: "Philosopher Martin Heidegger described human existence as a process of perpetual falling, and it is the responsibility of each individual to catch ourselves from our own uncertainty. This unsettling prognosis of life informs my present body of work."
Art Insights is a weekly program hosted during the fall and spring semesters by SUU’s Art and Design faculty. Students and community members meet to experience presentations and discussions by visiting artists and art educators from around the nation who share their work and insights and attend gallery openings. Admission is free, and the general public is invited to attend.
This installment of Art Insights is an important opportunity for students and community members a chance to learn from one of our country's most inventive contemporary artists. For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please call the Arts Hotline at (435) 865-8800, or visit www.suu.edu/pva/arts.