Row House Cafe is pleased to present “Remnants”
Much of Krueger’s work focuses on discarded inanimate objects, organic matter and decayed structures. His photographs placemark the path of his subjects’ lifecycles and inevitably unearth a human fingerprint. He uses lighting and the darkroom lith printing process to integrate a contemporary graphic finish.
Krueger’s images often present as the convergence of dual moments emanating from disparate worlds. At the precise point of collision, they create singular integrated images that are at once surreal and experiential;
“My photography is a way to visually reveal what truly lies within the refuse of the world. I expose the hidden beauty of objects and places that have been discarded and forgotten and illustrate that order still exists amongst chaos. I instill layers of meaning in my work. Where a quick judgment of human abandonment is seen in my images, further study reveals hope tempering the isolation.”
“I typically scout my subjects in destinations others avoid. I seek out barren lands and ruins. Inevitably I find humanity traced amongst destitution. It is an archeological pursuit for remnants of the human soul as it holds onto life in its’ indigent state. I shed light and ingratiate that which has been discarded and I revel in my lens’s ability to reveal the magnificence in what others deem as insignificant.”
Krueger’s work reflects his culturally diverse upbringing with a Japanese mother whose family’s descends from a long line of Kimono makers, and an American father stationed at a Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan. Krueger’s aesthetic and vision was cultivated at an early age when his father gave him a camera at age eight which eventually led to his first professional job as a staff photographer for The Seahawk, a Naval newspaper.
Artistically, the enduring life of the Kimono has indelibly influenced Krueger’s vision. The concept of recycling is a philosophy embedded in this traditional Japanese art and is threaded throughout Krueger’s works. When a Kimono is no longer useful to its original owner, the fabric is recycled into new garments and accessories for others to wear and revere. This enduring respect for materials is evidenced in Krueger’s quest to make worthy of objects that have been discarded as waste and reflects his drive to layer meaning and restore value to his abandoned subjects.
Paying tribute to both cultures, Krueger combines both traditions in the signing of his work with his American surname signature Krueger and his mother’s Hanko signature (Japanese ancestral name stamp) Niiro, a Samurai family name.
Krueger moved to Seattle in 1994 to study at The Art Institute of Seattle where he received a Degree in Commercial Photography.
Krueger is the recipient of multiple awards for his art, his work has been shown in solo and curated shows throughout Seattle, New York, Georgia and Finland and has been featured in numerous publications internationally.
Thomas Krueger can be reached at 206‐349-3348 or via email at Thomas@kruegerphotos.com.
Additional information about the photographer can be accessed through his website at http://kruegerphotos.com