Welcome to my solo exhibition Survival Blanket. This is a guided walk-through of the work in the show.


This exhibition is dedicated to Sascha Weidner (1974 - 2015).


"take care"

These paper models were designed in Illustrator and engraved and cut out on a laser cutter.

French Paper (not France the country, it's a paper company in Michigan, USA) was used for all of the paper sculptures. By the way, French Paper is made using 100% hydroelectric power. 

Oh yeah, if you want to make one for yourself you can download the Illustrator files below.





"Survival II" 「サバイバル II」


All of the photographs in this exhibition were shot on 120 film with a Holga camera. If you've never heard of Holga, they're cheap plastic cameras made in China. You can buy one for about $25. Actually the film and the developing is more expensive than the camera. The reason I used a Holga is because it's not a professional camera, and I'm not a professional photographer. Holgas often have light leaks, using tape you can control the outcome to an extent but getting a good photograph is mostly trial and error plus luck.

Some of the pictures were taken in Japan and some in America. They were all printed on Awagami paper here in Kyoto.



"sign + language"「手話」


These are letters in the American sign language alphabet. If you google "sign language alphabet" I'm sure you'll find dozens of images showing what each hand sign represents.

Do I know sign language? Not at all, I just think it looks cool, and I like the idea of using hands as a visual alphabet, kind of like a cipher or something.





This piece uses simplified maps to represent the neurons inside my brain. Some of you might recognize the Karasuma and Tozai subway lines, also the Kamo and Takano Rivers. The other "nueron" is a map of the major highways that make up the city of Atlanta (my home town). 

Atlanta and Kyoto are thousands of miles apart, but there are actual physical neural pathways in my brain that connect them within the span of microns. 



"I wish I could write novels with a shotgun" 「ショットガンで小説が書けたら」


This piece is about the frustration I've felt for so many years because, like many people, I've tried and failed to write a good novel many times. Hemingway said "All you have to do is write one true sentence." well I wish it was that easy! The same feeling of frustration applies to making art of any kind, and I'd guess that a lot of artists can relate to that feeling.


"patiently, patiently"

This is the only piece in the show that isn't new; it was made about six years ago when I was a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. The reason I decided to show it in this exhibition is because it represents patience and the passing of time, which to me felt appropriate, this being my first solo show almost six years after graduating from art school.

It's a copper engraving printed on western paper. Engraving is one of the slowest and most tedious printmaking processes, so I decided to show the plate together with the print to further emphasize the idea of patience.



Thank you for coming to see my show!


Connor Kirk