Monday, March 12, 2012

Ken Konchel ~ Gallery 180

Ken Konchel, Serpentine

Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago presents the black and white, architectural photography of St. Louis Artist, Ken Konchel. His abstracted imagery presents an alternative view of the man-made structures that surround us. Konchel explores his surroundings and—through composition, light and line—presents exciting imagery that defines the expressive power of buildings. For Konchel, a successful image removes the context and distills architecture to nothing but relationships of shape, line, pattern, detail, tonality, and/or surface. Konchel explains:
“Architecture forms the physical environment of our lives. It connects us to the past, it helps define our relationships to one another, and it gives us a sense of place and identity. Architecture also embodies our values and expresses our individual and collective aspirations. And most importantly, architecture enhances and advances our creative legacy. Yet something so integral to the sense of who we are—something that contributes immeasurably to our quality of life—is often dismissed as mundane, taken for granted, or at worst ignored. My ambition is to raise awareness of, and appreciation for, architecture by presenting it as engaging and dynamic geometric arrangements and interactions.”
The photography of Ken Konchel will be presented at Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago through May 3. An Opening Reception will take place on Friday, March 16 from 5:30-7:30 pm. This exhibition is free and open to the public. All works are available for purchase. Gallery 180 is located at 180 N. Wabash—at the corner of Lake and Wabash—in Chicago’s Loop. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8am-8pm, Friday 8am-5:30pm and Saturday 9am-5pm. Additional information can be found at

Additional imagery can be found on Konchels website at:

Ken Konchel has won 67 awards including second place at the Photo 2009 Black & White Classic Juried Photography Show at Brush Art Gallery & Studios in Lowell, Massachusetts, best of show at the Birmingham, Michigan Art in the Park, second place in photography at The Sausalito Art Fair, first place in photography at the Armonk New York Outdoor Art Fair, award winner at the Milwaukee Lakefront Festival of Arts, best of two dimensional media at the Chicago Old Town Art Fair, award winner at The Kansas City Artists Coalition’s River Market Regional Exhibition, first place at the Denver Cherry Creek Arts Festival, and award winner at the Kansas City Plaza Art Fair.

His work has been reviewed or cited in the Chicago Newcity Art Magazine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on twelve occasions, the St. Louis Riverfront Times on four occasions, and the Kansas City Star on three occasions. His photography has been included in the books St. Louis Seen and Unseen, St. Louis: Landmarks & Historic Districts, and St. Louis for the Record.


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