Mankind loves gardens. They are the link between man and nature, that island of creativity, which visibly displays the scale of mankind's presence in big nature.
In city dwellings, mankind values in gardens the presence of nature itself within a small, private world. The garden becomes the visible expression of the soul, cultivating itself behind a wall, separating the territory of the individual from the larger society. The city becomes the symbol of the society, built as hierarchically and chaotically as the city itself. The garden is the expression of personal creativity, the expression of the man-creator.
For the man of culture, arising from the Mediterranean region, from Asia Minor, Northern Africa, Greece and Ancient Rome, habitually defined as European, the nursing of one's own small garden also becomes an encounter with Paradise, a recollection of it.
Temkin's photographs remove the veil of the mundane from the gardens and reveal the symbols hidden in them in their pristine brightness. Temkin's photographs remain as magical as light and color in little corners of Paradise, created by the inhabitants of big cities for themselves.
Irina Tchmyreva, Ph.D.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Excerpt from curatorial statement
Each man, in early childhood, has a happy, magical, mysterious moment, which remaining in the memory of the subconscious, determines his whole life. This is the moment, when the child's consciousness acquires the ability of subconscious comprehension of the surroundings, when the previously existing fragmented picture of the world for the first time forms a whole, harmonious concord, where details are already cease to exist and blend into one, not yet able to exist as something in itself and able to conceal. within itself, both danger and evil.
This is the child's first moment of feeling the joy, the beauty and the harmony of life, whose memory, even lost in the depths of the subconscious, determines the child's striving towards good and determines his moral principles for all the rest of his life.
With his works, Brad Temkin gives us this reminiscence as a gift — a memory, long forgotten.
Vice Director Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Chief of Photo and Multi-Media Department
Excerpt from curatorial statement, FotoFest 2006
Brad Temkin is a working artist whose photographs have been exhibited and collected internationally. He was born in Chicago in 1956 and began photographing in 1973 as part of his interest in music. His focus quickly changed and he soon began photographing other subjects, including the landscape and portraiture, finding poetry in the world around him.
Temkin currently lives in Skokie, Illinois, and has taught photography at Columbia College in Chicago since 1984. He also teaches workshops in Ireland every year. He received his B.F.A. from Ohio University in Athens and his M.F.A. from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Solo exhibitions include shows at Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Afterimage Gallery, Dallas; Chicago Cultural Center; Midtown Y Photography Gallery, New York; and Milwaukee Center for Photography. Group exhibitions include Innocence Exposed: The Child in Modern Photography, Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville; Bolbart, Langes Haar…das Bildnis Jesu Christi, Fotographie Forum International, Frankfurt; White, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto; and David Carol and Brad Temkin, Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago. His work can be found in several permanent collections, including those of The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.
He is represented by Stephen Daiter Gallery in Chicago, Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco, Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, Afterimage Gallery in Dallas, and June Bateman Gallery in New York.