Polaroids are Go!” Art Exhibition
-Polaroid Photography etc. by Artist Daiv Whaley

Friday, August 7, 8pm. Opening Reception.
- Exhibit runs through August 29
- at the North Water Street Gallery, 257 N. Water St., Downtown Kent

Images from the Opening

About the Artist

Artist Statement & Bio - Polaroids Are Go! By Daiv Whaley

I find myself working in several different mediums depending on the need
and for certain technologies. Polaroid photography, on the other hand,
is simply a love—a joy and a love of ‘accidentally’ capturing some
perfect moment of beauty in the natural world and watching it develop
before my eyes. It’s like the toy prize in the bottom of the Cracker
Jacks box, like the B-side single you’ve never heard from a favorite band.

Flowers are amazing creations—their colors, shapes and sizes suggest
organic explosions out of the earth—floral fireworks. Again, their
organic systems—building themselves up out of the ground from tiny seeds
and synthesizing energy out of pure sunlight, water and soil—make them
amazing machines. Good designs from the greatest Designer!

With this juxtaposition in mind—the technology of nature—my Polaroid
photographs are struggling attempts to fuse a science fiction aesthetic
to natural beauty. Using unusual angles, close-up shots, light
intensity, intentional blurriness of the images, as well as my own
manipulations of the film as the pictures develop, I strive to create a
modern or even futuristic feeling with each photograph. The title of
each piece also contributes to this aesthetic, as words are very important.

As each Polaroid is an accidental capturing-and-creating process that
occurs ‘in the field,’ and since Polaroid film grows rarer than honest
politicians these days, I hope you appreciate this fun method for
capturing light and color. The selections in this show have been
compiled from a 15-year ongoing project – I don’t know how Polaroid can
shut down their Instant division with all the business I have given them
these last few years!

Daiv Whaley, August 2009

Daiv Whaley studied Writing & English Literature at Kent State
University. Although active in graphic arts in high school, it was not
until residing in the art dorm at university that he began to catch the
art bug. Promoting local punk shows and then God through flyers he
stapled around campus, he soon developed a liking for the Russian
propagandist Radchenko. Stints living in Chicago and Akron exposed him
to artists like Dan Flavin, Marc Chagall, Barb Kruger, The Kids in the
Hall, and Andy Warhol, as well as bands such as Pere Ubu, Wire, Pixies
and Pavement – all influences he cherishes. Working in several mediums –
Polaroid photography, propaganda, light & sound works, Eco-art and
performance, Whaley has shown at Lake Erie College, the Beck Center, Roy
G. Biv, Asterisk Gallery, Akron Public Library, Ingenuity Festival and
First Night Akron, among others; curated several exhibits in Cleveland
galleries; and performed in a self-produced cable access TV program, at
the Cleveland International Performance Festival, with GROOP at Spaces
Gallery, and at the Mattress Factory and Chicago’s Fringe Festival in
support of Kristen Baumlier. His favorite influences are God, nature,
Rock & Roll, Sci-Fi and language. Whaley is also a music journalist and
is at work on his first comic book story. He thanks you very much for
attending this exhibit.