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Solitude and Sports are Focus of Aubrey Kauffman Photo Exhibit at JKC Gallery Through Sept. 29

9/21/17


Aubrey Kauffman and Gallery Patron

Photographer Aubrey Kauffman discusses his artistic vision during the opening reception of his exhibit, "It's Not About the Game" at the MCCC JKC Gallery. The exhibit runs through Sept. 29.

Michael Chovan-Dalton, Aubrey Kauffman, Wendel White

Michael Chovan-Dalton, JKC Gallery Director and Coordinator of MCCC's Photography and Digital Imaging program, with photographers Aubrey Kauffman and Wendel White during the opening reception. The Gallery hosted a show by White, "Schools for the Colored," in April.

TRENTON – Sporting venues typically evoke images of impassioned athletes, roaring crowds, and an emotion-packed atmosphere melding the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

But for photographer Aubrey Kauffman, these fields and courts of competition, in solitude, tell a story all of their own.

“It’s not so much about the sport but it’s the focus on the journey,” Kauffman said. “The journey is the urban landscape.”

Dozens of community members made their way to MCCC’s James Kerney Campus Gallery (JKCG) to hear Kauffman discuss his artistic vision and view his exhibit, “It’s Not About the Game,” a collection of 20 images framing venues of athletic competition as part of an urban landscape. The photos range from a fog-enshrouded baseball diamond to a desolate asphalt basketball court – silent sentinels to a microcosm of urban life.

“The bulk of my career I studied the earth and landscapes. But landscapes are everywhere,” Kauffman said. “These things are real, and my photography is rooted in realism.”

Kauffman said he drew his inspiration from his early years growing up in Lawrenceville, and his observations of how his town became more and more urbanized – more parking lots, more development, more shopping malls. But in this chaos of building and paving, he found himself drawn to the elegant simplicity of the arenas of athletic completion – the geometry, the lines, the contrast.

“I was drawn to these unoccupied spaces,”’ Kauffman said. “I chose to photograph where I would not encounter anyone, taking in the quiet, the solitude, the silence.”

In one image – a wide-angle shot of an urban basketball court – viewers can see a tall, slender shadow of Kauffman himself, a purposeful reminder of his role in “the game.”

“In all, I hope I can convey why I do what I do,” Kauffman said. “I’m drawn to the solitude.”

Kauffman’s exhibit continues at the JKC Gallery through Sept. 29. For details, gallery hours, and upcoming shows, visit www.mccc.edu/jkcgallery.


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