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Photographer RJ Kern: The Unchosen Ones

The Watermark Art Center in Bemidji has a new exhibit opening today, a photography exhibit celebrating the kids and their animals who came in last at their county fair competitions back in 2016.  RJ Kern's The Unchosen Ones is an unusual photographic social experiment that has resulted in a series of  large-scale images (43" x 53") that are personal, majestic, and humble.  His master-manipulation of light in a non-studio atmosphere creates  a photographic style reminiscent of European landscape paintings.  

RJ asked the kids to "show me what next year's grand champion would look like" and the results are beautifully powerful.  Listen to RJ discuss the inspiration behind his exhibit and the process of creating it here: 

Visit Watermarkartcenter.org for a virtual gallery of experience of The Unchosen Ones.  You can also virtually enjoy  Blair Treuers textile exhibit, Portraits, Natalie Himmerska's exhibit of prints and paintings, Other Dimensions, the annual High School Invitational, Paula Swenson's painting exhibit, Finding America, and Thomas Stillday's master beadworking exhibit called Wezhichigewaas, the ojibwe word means "makers" in English.    

 

Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. Since 2016, she's produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota. She's our local host of NPR's All Things Considered and CBC's As It Happens every weekday from 4-7pm.
Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 22 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director where she manages producers, hosts local interviews and programs, oversees and manages web stories and establishes focus areas of programming like phenology, clean energy, Indigenous voices, Strong Women, local foods, clean energy, economic development and more. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota. During the pandemic, Heidi hosted 14 months of a weekly statewide conversation on COVID-19 for the AMPERS network.
John has been listening to KAXE since the early days in 1976, and has worked as our Development Director from 1995-2022. Now semi-retired and writing, sculpting and enjoying the good life, you can hear him on the Morning Show Fridays.