KEVIN KELLY on view at Elevator Photo Gallery (9 Davies) until May 25. 416-406-3131. Rating: NNNN
kevin kelly candidly admitsthat his Kings And Queens project could not have been realized without a lot of input from others.
Ace photo printer Bob Carnie, of Silver Shack and Elevator Photo Gallery, approached Kelly asking if they could work together so Carnie could showcase an analog solarization process he'd been experimenting with in the darkroom.
And a friend, knowing that Kelly was shooting a series of drag queens dressed to perform, suggested the series would be enriched by also including professional drag kings.
It's quite a flip from his initial concept of drag queens and Washington, DC, monuments, which he'd hit on when invited to the White House because he'd volunteered to be the photographer for Artists Against Racism.
Whatever it took, the resulting images are show-stoppers. The solarization effect heightens Kelly's glam compositions in a way that fits fabulously with the subject matter. The gender-bending boys and girls who posed for these pix have only seen themselves this way in their wildest fantasies.