Jennifer McKinnon is the Photography & Digital Artist Spotlight winning artist for the month of July 2020. She is an award-winning photographer based in Georgia, USA. In her City Jewels series, she used reflections, water, and light on freshly painted dumpsters to create colorful abstract artwork.
Jennifer's Solo Art Exhibition will be featured on the website for the month of July 2020. The gallery will promote Jennifer and her work on the Fusion Art website, individual online press releases to hundreds of outlets, email blasts to over 4,500+ buyers, collectors, galleries and art professionals, in online event calendars, art news websites and through the gallery’s extensive social media outlets. Fusion Art's objective is to promote the Artist Spotlight winning artists, worldwide, to art professionals, gallerists, collectors and buyers.
Please read Jennifer's Artist Statement below as she describes her inspiration and process in her own words. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see her exhibition.
If you are interested in purchasing any of these award-winning pieces, or to see more of Jennifer's work, please visit her website.
Also, please visit Fusion Art’s YouTube Channel to see Jennifer’s Solo Art Exhibition Video.
Thank you to all the artists who participated in the Artist Spotlight competition and congratulations to Jennifer and the other Artist Spotlight winning artists.
Using man-made urban models made of steel found while hiding in plain sight behind fences, in driveways, and littering parking lots - Jennifer McKinnon creates photographic abstracts. In her collection City Jewels, she plays with reflections, water, and light. Back in the editing room, she adjusts saturation, highlights, and colors - transforming her original images of the dumpster into colorful abstracts.
In City Jewels, Jennifer targeted freshly painted dumpsters in order to attain the best reflections. Once dumpsters were identified, she focused on areas where there was slight weathering on the containers to create depth and texture in her photographs. For months, she carried around various props including a water bottle to create shine and depth; purses, sequin pillows, scarves, a lampshade, and more to create colorful reflections and shapes. Using Lightroom, Jennifer manipulates color and saturation but leaves her original composition and textures found on the dumpsters intact, producing a collection of photographic abstracts celebrating hidden gems found throughout the city.
Why dumpsters? Jennifer enjoys the thrill of the chase, driving around Atlanta, exploring new neighborhoods, and making the most of mundane errands; many of her “models” are found behind grocery stores and strip malls. She approaches each dumpster as a new challenge.
How can she transform this man-made beast of an object into an abstract piece of art? It’s also the ability to create a piece of art from an object people pass every day but rarely SEE. With each image, her goal is to confuse and surprise the viewer at the same time.
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Santa Fe, NM