BIO & ARTIST STATEMENT
Kent Wisner is an American photographic artist. Raised as an only child of a single working mother, his formal education is in foreign languages, international relations and law. As a result, Wisner's images are expressions of curiosity about the coexistence of elements in opposition, regardless of literal subject matter. His work has appeared in a variety of American galleries, has been published in magazines and books, and has received awards in international juried photo competitions, in both amateur and professional categories. Wisner currently lives in Malta.
My images frame the unstable alliance between light and dark, chaos and order, motion and stillness, and the fleeting and the permanent. I use photography both as a conscious chronicle of experience and a means to understand subconscious themes that are revealed by the way my eye organizes the physical world. I have traveled around the world in my life, seeking to expand my perspective from a somewhat solitary latch-key upbringing. I've used this travel to make both decorative and contemplative images, and to ask visual questions about causality and intention competing with serendipity and randomness. As travel ceased in the wake of a global pandemic, I explored the world in my literal and figurative backyard in greater depth.
I learned to print analog photographs before I learned to operate a camera. My first darkroom experience rang a bell I still hear today, even in digital capture and editing methods. My fascination with prints has remained throughout my life. While I enjoy presenting my work as projected images on line, the physical print is where I see colors come alive and shadows present their mystery. I print using archival color and Platinum/Palladium monochrome processes to leave behind more permanent traces.
Horizon Lines are still frames of transitions to what may be next. The landscape is undeniably real, but it can also conjure Imaginary Kingdoms from memory or fantasy. Geologic Scale is vast in terms of size and time compared to the lives of humans, but is the human response to accept geology's stoicism by adaptation or to mine the material and accelerate erosion? Geometry is both an objective description of observed patterns and a way to organize what we see—do I just find geometry in the world, or do I compose with it as a weapon to battle against subliminal anarchy? People live daily, finding Pathways amidst these conflicts.
INPrint Group Show, Photo Methode Gallery, Austin TX March (2017)
Grotteschi | Exploring Hieronymus Bosch, Carmel Visual Arts Center (2015)
Picturish Gallery, Berkeley, CA (2011)
SomArts Gallery, San Francisco (2009)
ArtistXchange Gallery, San Francisco
CityArt Gallery, San Francisco
Hotel des Arts, San Francisco
START/Soma Gallery, San Francisco
San Francisco City Hall
SF Black & White Gallery, San Francisco
7x7 Magazine, November 2003, as the overall winner of the Bring on the Night photo competition.
Best of Photography Annual for 2006, 2007, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018
2021 Black & White Spider Awards, 3 Nominee Awards, one each in Fine Art, Architectural and Aerial Categories
2021 PX3 Prix de la Photographie PX3, 2 Honorable Mentions in Press/Travel/Tourism, Professional Category
2019 International Color Awards, Nomination, Nude, Disruptive I
2018 Black & White Spider Awards, 1st Place Abstract Category
2018 International Color Awards, 3rd Place Honor of Distinction, Nude, and 2 Nominations, in Nature and Abstract Categories
2017 Black & White Spider Awards Honorable Mention Nude, and Nominee Abstract Categories
2016 Black & White Spider Awards Honorable Mention Nude, and Nominee in Nude, Nature and Architectural Categories
2016 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris Honorable Mention in Fine Art Nude Category
2016 International Photography Awards, Los Angeles, CA, Honorable Mentions in Nature (Sunset), Fine Art (Landscape) and Fine Art (Other) categories
2016 International Color Awards: Nominee in Silhouette | Silhouette on Mt Etna
2015 PhotoPlace Gallery: Stories and Secrets, image selected for online exhibition in juried competition by jurors Kirsten Hoving and Emma Powell
2015 Black & White Spider Awards Nominee in Fine Art
2015 International Photography Awards 6 Honorable Mentions in Fine Art Nudes and 1 Honorable Mention in Still Life
2015 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris Honorable Mention in Nature/Sky and Travel Categories.
2015 International Color Awards: 3rd Place - Honor of Distinction in Still Life | Precarious and Nominee in Still Life | Purples
2011, PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, 1 Honorable Mention Award, and several Official Selections, in the Fine Art category, non-professional
2008 International Photography Awards competition, Los Angeles, CA, 1 Honorable Mention Award, in the category of Travel/Tourism.
2008 Prix de Photographie Paris, 3 Honorable Mentions in the Fine Art category, non-professional
2006 International Photography Awards competition, Los Angeles, CA, 6 Honorable Mention Awards, in the categories of abstract, interiors, still life, self-portrait, and portrait (twice).
2005 International Photography Awards competition, Los Angeles, CA, 3 Honorable Mention Awards, in the categories of fine art nude (twice) and portrait.