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Stacy Kranitz

As It Was Give(n) To Me

October 25 – December 7, 2019

Stacy Kranitz  Pine Mountain, Kentucky, 2016  Archival pigment print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 5, Blue Ridge Mtn in mist.

Stacy Kranitz

Pine Mountain, Kentucky, 2016

Archival pigment print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 5

Stacy Kranitz  Short Mountain, Tennessee, 2012  Archival pigment print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Two men with fan and hats with genitals exposed, Tennessee

Stacy Kranitz

Short Mountain, Tennessee, 2012

Archival pigment print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Dowelltown, Tennesee, 2011  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Two women in a river, Tennessee

Stacy Kranitz

Dowelltown, Tennesee, 2011

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Stacy as Christy, 2019  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz

Stacy as Christy, 2019

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

 

Stacy Kranitz  Elkhorn City, Kentucky, 2016, 2016  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Women workers sitting in a circle, Kentucky

Stacy Kranitz

Elkhorn City, Kentucky, 2016

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Jolo, West Virginia, 2011  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, preacher with snake, West Virginia

Stacy Kranitz

Jolo, West Virginia, 2011

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Beckley, West Virginia, 2011  Archival pigment print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Young african american woman in pool with pink bathing suit

Stacy Kranitz

Beckley, West Virginia, 2011

Archival pigment print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Logan, West Virginia, 2011  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Man taking off shirt on a street, West Virginia

Stacy Kranitz

Logan, West Virginia, 2011

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Mason, West Virginia, 2017  Archival Pigment Print, 16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  20 x 30 inches, Edition of 3, Group of kids on bikes, WV

Stacy Kranitz

Mason, West Virginia, 2017

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Pressed Fern, 2015, a pressed, dried fern on paper in a frame

Pressed Fern, 2015

Stacy Kranitz  Stacy as Christy, 2012   Archival pigment print 16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Woman posing in period dress on a rock in a river.

Stacy Kranitz

Stacy as Christy, 2012 

Archival pigment print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Garner, Kentucky, 2011  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Five men kneeling in prayer, Kentucky

Stacy Kranitz

Garner, Kentucky, 2011

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Black Mountain, Virginia, 2012  Archival pigment print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Mine from above

Stacy Kranitz

Black Mountain, Virginia, 2012

Archival pigment print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Pikeville, Kentcuky, 2015  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Men holding hands in a prayer circle.

Stacy Kranitz

Pikeville, Kentucky, 2015

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Fed's Creek, Kentucky, 2011  Archival pigment print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Coal miner in front of piles.

Stacy Kranitz

Fed's Creek, Kentucky, 2011

Archival pigment print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Hyden, Kentucky, 2015, Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  20 x 30 inches, Edition of 3, Store front window, Kentucky

Stacy Kranitz

Hyden, Kentucky, 2015

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

20 x 30 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Whitesville, West Virginia  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Ariel view of a mine, WV

Stacy Kranitz

Whitesville, West Virginia

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Logan, West Virginia, 2013, Archival pigment print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7 27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Street scene, Logan, WV

Stacy Kranitz

Logan, West Virginia, 2013

Archival pigment print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Welch, West Virginia, 2016  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Vertical coal miner, with pipe behind him, West Virginia

Stacy Kranitz

Welch, West Virginia, 2016

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Wytheville, Virginia, 2012  Archival pigment print  16 x 25 inches, Edition of 7 27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Coal train through landscape

Stacy Kranitz

Wytheville, Virginia, 2012

Archival pigment print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Del Rio, Tennessee, 2019  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz

Del Rio, Tennessee, 2019

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 2016  Archival pigment print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Two children and a native american in traditional dress

Stacy Kranitz

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 2016

Archival pigment print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

 

West Columbia, West Virginia, 2013  Archival Pigment Print, 16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Man on ATV, in front of a mobile home, West Virginia

Stacy Kranitz

West Columbia, West Virginia, 2013

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Logan, West Virginia, 2013  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Dancer on her back with cell phone, West Virginia

Stacy Kranitz

Logan, West Virginia, 2013

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Letart, West Virginia, 2015  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Young girl on dock with a spakler, West Virginia

Stacy Kranitz

Letart, West Virginia, 2015

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  West Columbia, West Virginia, 2013  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Man lifting up woman in jeans, West Viginia

Stacy Kranitz

West Columbia, West Virginia, 2013

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 2016  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Woman in American Flag dress with man in a wheelchair, Tennessee

Stacy Kranitz

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 2016

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, 2016, 2016  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Pile of junk cars, West Virginia

Stacy Kranitz

White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, 2016

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Pressed Leaf, 2015, a pressed, dry leaf attached to paper and framed

Pressed Leaf, 2015

Stacy Kranitz  West Columbia, West Virginia, 2013  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Man flexing his bicep in front of a confederate flag, West Virginia

Stacy Kranitz

West Columbia, West Virginia, 2013

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Pressed Flower, 2015, a pressed, dry flower attached to paper and framed

Pressed Flower, 2015

Stacy Kranitz  Hot Spring, North Carolina, 2019  Archival Pigment Print  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, nude couple embracing in a hot tub, North Carolina

Stacy Kranitz

Hot Spring, North Carolina, 2019

Archival Pigment Print

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Mason, West Virginia, 2016  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, Shadowed man in front of a house at sunset, West Virginia

Stacy Kranitz

Mason, West Virginia, 2016

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Stacy Kranitz  Stacy as Christy, 2011  Archival Pigment Print  16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7  27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3, couple on horse

Stacy Kranitz

Stacy as Christy, 2011

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 24 inches, Edition of 7

27 x 40 inches, Edition of 3

Press Release

Tracey Morgan Gallery is pleased to present As it Was Give(n) to Me an exhibition of pho-tographs and ephemera by artist Stacy Kranitz. This is Kranitz’s second exhibition with the gallery. A reception for the artist will be held Friday, Octo-ber 25, 6-8pm and an Artist Talk will be held Saturday, October 26, 2pm.

As it was Give(n) to Me is a collection of images, taken by Kranitz, over a ten year span. The series traces explo-ration and extraction in the Appalachian region of the Unit-ed States. This exhibition was recently exhibited at Ren-contres d’Arles Photography Festival in France and shortlisted for the Louis Roederer New Discovery Prize. A forthcoming monograph of this series will be published by Twin Palm in the Spring of 2020.

Beginning in the 19th Century, the Appalachian region was devastated by the coal industry which took valuable resources from the land, leaving the inhabitants of the region impover-ished. In the 1960s, the War on Poverty was declared, with the government announcing it would put an end to poverty in America and Appalachia was the epicenter. Krantiz states “Pho-tographers descended on Appalachia to make images that would help unite Americans around the effort to improve the lives of a destitute and struggling people. Instead, the photographers offered a simplistic and superficial image of poverty that has haunted the Appalachian people ever since.”

Kranitz began work on this series in 2009. While there, she became aware of the problematic role of photography in this region. “I began by reckoning with the fact that I had come to Appalachia with a fantasy of what I wanted it to be. I realized this fantasy contested my desire to provide an objective portrayal because objectivity in documentary photography is its own kind of fantasy. My work in Appalachia is about the tension between these two desires.”

Much like a novel, the work in this exhibition is presented in chapters: Arrival, Exploration, Ex-traction, Mutiny and Salvation. In these chapters, photographs, ephemera, drawings, maps and histories tell the story of the region. Kranitz’s photographs give us a look at life in Central Appalachia complete with landscapes, industry, religion, poverty, and the residents who inhabit these communities. In addition, Kranitz has included self-portraits inspired by the 1967 historical fiction novel Christy by Catherine Marshall. Kranitz re-imagined herself as the title character Christy Huddleson by staging plot lines and entanglements in the Tennessee landscape. A selection of portraits recently made while Kranitz was the Artist in Residence in the Great Smokey Mountain Park will be exhibited for the first time.

Stacy Kranitz lives and works in Smithville, Tennessee. Kranitz received her B.A. from New York University and her MFA from University of California, Irvine. Kranitz has exhibited both national-ly and internationally. Her work is included in the traveling exhibition Southbound: Photographs of and About the New South and was exhibited at Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival this summer. She is the recipient of the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography, 2017 and the Time Magazine Instagram Photographer of the Year, 2015.