selected by Carrie Haddad
White Box / Institutional spaces are designed to influence the way we think and feel. I am interested in exploring the basic visual elements of this environment and how those elements affect our perceptions. The project’s purpose is to examine the relationship between the installation or physical space and intellectual space, or the idea of institutions/museums. During an exhibition installation the influences of the gallery space, artwork, and cursory materials together create a particular frame of perception. This frame prescribes what is inclusive and exclusive, what is and is not art: simply put, how choice is formulated. My images show these subtle aesthetic priorities that are based on preconceptions of space.
Carrie Haddad writes: I fell in love with Chad Kleitsch the first time I saw him in his white baseball uniform on his way to play with some Tivoli team. His lust for life and his total fearlessness just blew me away. These adventurous qualities influence his photography and keep it challenging, fresh, and meaningful.
Chad Kleitsch earned his BA in Photography from Bard College in 1991. He has had solo exhibitions at the Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery in NYC, where his work is represented; Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson , NY ; and E3 Gallery in NYC. Group shows include those at the Art Institute of Chicago; Time Space Limited in Hudson, NY; Samuel Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, NY; Upstate Art in Phoenicia, NY; Wendy Cooper Gallery in Madison, WI; Margaret Bodell Gallery in NYC; and Kanazwa College of Art, International Art Exhibition in Kanazwa, Japan. Kleitsch is the recipient of a 1993 Merchant & Ivory Grant, and has lectured at Yale University and Sarah Lawrence College , and has taught at Bard, Columbia Green College , and La Guardia College. His work has been featured in Hearts and Hands, by Jonathan King, Weird U.S., Bystander: A History Of Street Photography by Joel Meyerowitz, and reviewed in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Time Out, Albany Times Union, and Fortune Magazine.