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R. J. Kern

R. J. Kern (b. 1978) is an American artist whose work explores ideas of home, ancestry, and a sense of place through the interaction of people, animals, and cultural landscapes.

His work has been exhibited in a number of notable exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art (Tbilisi, Georgia), the National Portrait Gallery (London, UK), the Yixian International Photography Festival (Anhui, China), and solo exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography (Boston, MA) and the Plains Art Museum (Fargo, ND). Kern’s work and books have been exhibited at art fairs such as Paris Photo and Classic Photographs LA, as well as at galleries nationwide, most recently Klompching Gallery in NY, Burnet Fine Art & Advisory in Minneapolis, and Afterimage Gallery in Dallas.

Awards and accolades include PDN’s 30 2018, Critical Mass 2018 Top 50, CENTER 2017 Choice Award Winner (Curator’s Choice, First Place), the 2017 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (Finalist), and three Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board (2016, 2018, 2020). He was the Commemorative Artist for the 2019 Minnesota State Fair.

Kern's work has been presented in a number of publications, including a feature in National Geographic (November 2017), with his series The Unchosen Ones and Out To Pasture. Kern published his first monograph with Kehrer Verlag titled, The Sheep and the Goats, awarded one of  "The Most Beautiful German Books 2018” by Stiftung Buchkunst and awarded Bronze by the prestigious Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2018-19.

Selected collections holding his work include: Center for Creative Photography (Tuscon, AZ), Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock, NY), Fidelity Corporate Art Collection (Boston, MA), Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, MA), Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art (Tarpon Springs, FL), General Mills Corporate Collection (Minneapolis, MN), Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis, MN), Plains Art Museum (Fargo, ND), Masur Museum of Art ( Monroe, LA), Minnesota Historical Society (St. Paul, MN), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), and Museum of Fine Arts (St. Petersburg, FL).

 

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Nelly and Mate, Clay County, Minnesota, USA
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 28 x 36
Price: $1450.00 framed

Mr. Hofsós, Skagafjardarsysla, Iceland I
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 28 x 36
Price: $1500.00 framed

Casanova, Háafell, Iceland
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 28 x 36
Price: $1450.00 framed


Dumb and Dumber, Freeborn County, Minnesota, USA
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 28 x 36
Price: $2300.00 framed

Counting Sheep, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $750.00

Hazel, Geiranger Fjord, Norway
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $1,300.00


Lofoten Snacktime, Lofoten Islands, Norway
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $750.00

Old Goat, Geiranger Fjord, Norway
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $750.00

Iceberg Watchers, Jökulsárlón, Iceland
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $750.00


Olaf, Lofoten Islands, Norway
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $750.00

Curly, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, USA
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $750.00

Lofoten Loafin', Lofoten Islands, Norway
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $750.00


Czech Goat, Stearns County, Minnesota, USA
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $750.00

The Lifeguards, lake Myvatn, Iceland
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $750.00

Bashful, Sygnefjell, Norway
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $750.00


Supreme Champion Rabbit Matching Male and Female Pair
Media: Salt over archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $4,000.00

Supreme Champion Rabbit Male and Female Pair
Media: Salt over archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $2,500.00

Supreme Champion Ram
Media: Salt over archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $2,500.00


Supreme Champion Bull (tongue detail)
Media: Salt over archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $3,000.00

Supreme Champion Goose Male and Female Pair
Media: Salt over archival pigment print
Dimensions: 8 x 10 & 20 x 24
Price: $1,200.00 & $3,500.00

Supreme Champion Llama Male / Female Pair
Media: Salt over archival pigment print
Dimensions: 8 x 10 & 20 x 24
Price: $1,200.00 & $3,500.00


Supreme Champion Swine Female
Media: Salt over archival pigment print
Dimensions: 8 x 10
Price: $1,200.00

Salty Frog
Media: Salt over archival pigment print
Dimensions: 8 x 10
Price: $1,200.00

Supreme Champion Duck Male and Female Pair
Media: Salt over archival pigment print
Dimensions: 8 x 10
Price: $1,200.00


Supreme Champion Turkey Male and Female Pair
Media: Salt over archival pigment print
Dimensions: 8 x 10 & 20 x 24
Price: $1,200.00 & $3,000.00

Supreme Champion Stock Dog Male and Female Pair
Media: Salt over archival pigment print
Dimensions: 8 x 10
Price: $1,200.00

Supreme Champion Chicken Male and Female Pair
Media: Salt over archival pigment print
Dimensions: 8 x 10 & 20 x 24
Price: $1,200.00 & $3,000.00


Rylee and Nelly, Clay County Fair,
Minnesota, 2016
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $1,300.00

Kol and Annabell, Anoka County Fair,
Minnesota, 2016
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $1,000.00

Louis and Dumb, Freeborn County Fair,
Minnesota, 2016
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $750.00


Anna and Helen, Blue Earth County Fair,
Minnesota, 2016
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $750.00

Anders with 1090 Blackface and Brandon with 291 Speck,
Carver County Fair, Minnesota, 2016
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $750.00

Gus and Doolittle, Mahomet County Fair,
Minnesota, 2016
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $750.00


Cody and Gismo, Blue Earth County Fair,
Minnesota, 2016
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $750.00

Carlana and sheep, West Otter Trail County Fair,
innesota, 2016
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $750.00

Audrey and Stella, 
Carver County Fair, Minnesota, 2016
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $750.00


Bryce with Freaky Freddy & Nathan with Skittles,
Isanti County, Minnesota, 2016
Media: Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 20 x 24
Price: $750.00

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