Ken Fandell

Artadia Awardee

Ken Fandell is a conceptually based photographer whose practice involves both digital and analog processes to create large-scale framed works and murals. In his bold pictures, Fandell explores the collision of mysticism and popular culture, natural and manmade forces, and the intertwining of life and death. He looks to reveal the extraordinary that is often found in the ordinary, balancing these moments with a distinct blend of skepticism, irony, and humor.

Ken Fandell has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, at well-known institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, the University of Delaware, the Asheville Museum of Art, and the Houston Center for Photography. His work is included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. He has received the prestigious award from The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. Originally from Chicago, he currently lives and works in Southern California, where he is the Michael G. and C. Jane Wilson Chair in Arts and the Humanities at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont. He has been represented by Traywick Contemporary since 1999.