Jack Kapsa

Recent Work

April 18 – June 28, 2015 | Art League Gallery
Reception: Friday, May 1, 2015 | Gallery Talk at 6:30 p.m.

Kapsa- Farewell to Amber Bees

Jack Kapsa, Farewell to Amber Bees, 2014, Digital print , 13 x 19 inches

Kapsa: The-Crossing-Guard

Jack Kapsa, The Crossing Guard, 2013 , Digital print , 19 x 13 inches

Artist Statement:

The photographs are meant to be visionary, where reality has been transformed through the experimentation of alternate image making processes and the distortion of space, color and value. They serve one goal: to convey a poetic vision.

A carnival plywood figure with a cutout area for the customers face to appear through becomes a crossing guard for an imaginary train crossing. Small groups of people are waving in acknowledgement to bees captured long ago in amber. Even a seemingly straight photograph of a man reading on deck of a ship appears in distorted space.

Over the past nine years I have been exploring ways to bend or alter reality in my photographs. The resulting images are meant to convey the ability to travel to places where only the mind can take us.

I wish to thank the Lilly Endowment Inc. for the 2014 Teacher Creativity Fellowship grant that provided funds to help complete my recent work.


Jack Kapsa’s mixed media approach to his work incorporates photography and painting, using traditional and non-traditional dark room processes with digital image making to create surreal images. He earned his MFA at the University of Notre Dame and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions regionally and nationally. Kapsa is a photography instructor at St. Joseph High School in South Bend and was a recipient of a Lilly Endowment Inc.Teacher Creativity Fellowship grant in 2014.

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