December 4-March 3
SALT & STEEL
Opening Reception December 8th, 6-9 pm
Mingo Gallery is pleased to announce Kim Maroon’s Salt & Steel, on view from December 4th to March 3rd.
Salt & Steel is a collection of work from Kim’s time spent photographing The Race of Gentlemen in Pismo CA and Wildwood NJ from 2016-2018. The race is a weekend long event rooted in the tradition of beach racing from the 1940’s and 50’s. Everything from the motorcycles and cars, to uniforms and signage, are painstakingly and historically authentic.
A New Jersey Native and avid motorcyclist herself, Kim felt immediately compelled to become a part of the event. Salt & Steel feels in some ways like a backstage pass to something most of us could only ever experience from the sidelines and with that comes an intimate look at it’s inner workings.
Kim’s photography offers a unique experience from the ground level where she seamlessly merges the spectacle of the race with her own personal interests. These images offer a romantic, yet genuine look into traditional beach racing with a particular emphasis on the roles of women at these events.
This exhibition is a timely portrayal of how women are increasingly occupying different roles within industries typical dominated by men. Women ride, women are mechanics and women, namely Kim, are documenting it. Her photography succinctly and poetically captures the contrasting elements of nature vs. human-made along with that of preserving tradition while moving it forward.
Kim is a Boston based multidisciplinary artist and holds a MFA from the Dynamic Media Institute at MassArt. She is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker. Kim is currently working on a project titled Fast Women comprising of photography, video and interviews with women that ride, race and build motorcycles.
On Instagram @kmaroonfoto