The pieces in Habitorium are photogravure intaglio prints on Rives BFK paper, produced and printed by the artist. The series takes Peter Henry Emerson’s vision for naturalistic photography and turns it on its head by working exclusively with digitally composited images.
My photographic projects often involve multi-layered interpretations of place. This recent series entitled Habitorium makes a study of constructed habitats—those spaces designed to satisfy both the emotional and bodily needs of its occupant. Views of hotels, zoos, museums, parks, and other human and animal environments, are combined to create new scenes that explore the idea of post-naturalistic photography. More enclosures than landscapes, the images tend to reveal how extremely studied life is. Nature and artifice form inversions throughout the series, adding to the uneasy feeling the spaces we inhabit are for test subjects.
Martin Kruck received his M.F.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his B.F.A. from Queen’s University, Canada. As an educator he has held positions at the State University of New York at Buffalo; University of Florida, Gainesville; Southern Connecticut State University, and is currently professor of Art at New Jersey City University. Kruck is an artist who has had 20 one-person and over 70 group exhibitions internationally. Recent exhibits of his work have been held in Kumu Art Museum, Tallin, Estonia; Carlshutte Art Center, Rendsburg, Germany; Philadelphia Print Center, PA, and at Sloan Fine Art, NYC. His work is in numerous private and public collections including Earnst and Young, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center and The Royal Bank of Canada. He is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and the New York State Council for the Arts as well as fellowships and residencies from Can Serrat Art Center, El Bruc, Spain; the American Academy in Rome, IT; the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts; and the MacDowell Colony of Art. He currently lives and works outside of New York City.