Justine Kurland

  • <em>Siskiyou Mountain Tea Party,</em> digital C-print, Courtesy Mitchell-Innes + Nash, New York Siskiyou Mountain Tea Party, digital C-print, Courtesy Mitchell-Innes + Nash, New York
  • <em>Baby,</em> digital C-print, 2004, Courtesy Mitchell-Innes + Nash, New York Baby, digital C-print, 2004, Courtesy Mitchell-Innes + Nash, New York
  • <em>Casper on the Back Porch,</em> digital C-print, 2008, Courtesy Mitchell-Innes + Nash, New York Casper on the Back Porch, digital C-print, 2008, Courtesy Mitchell-Innes + Nash, New York
  • <em>Snake,</em> digital C-print, Courtesy Mitchell-Innes + Nash, New York Snake, digital C-print, Courtesy Mitchell-Innes + Nash, New York
     


Artist Biography

In her recent work, Kurland focuses on the distinct, nomadic subculture of the hobo. Her images of trains, train-hoppers, and the American West allude to a hobo mythology developed in folk songs and literature. Kurland’s method combines a documentary process with romantic idealism, giving her images a naturalism inflected by utopian fantasy.

Kurland’s work draws upon the nineteenth-century landscape tradition of depicting a perfect place. These images are portals into the not-quite-real, not-quite-fictional realm of the American frontier. Kurland is a longstanding traveler, wanderer and seeker in her own right, whose itinerant lifestyle intersects with and informs her work.

Justine Kurland was born in 1969 in Warsaw, New York. She received her BFA from School of Visual Arts, NY in 1996, and her MFA from Yale University in 1998. Her work has been exhibited extensively at museums and galleries in the U.S. and internationally. Recent museum exhibitions have included “Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West” at the Museum of Modern Art and “Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary American Photography” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. She was the focus of a solo exhibition at CEPA in Buffalo, NY in 2009. Her work is in the public collections of institutions including the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and the International Center of Photography in New York; the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC; and the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal. She is represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash.