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The performance-based photographic works of Kerry Skarbakka (born 1970) depict existential anxieties and loss of control – primarily through the act of falling – and have been exhibited internationally to critical acclaim.

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Works

Blue Tree, from the Series ‘The Struggle to Right Onesself’, 2002

Kerry Skarbakka

Border Fence, from the Series ‘The Struggle to Right Onesself’, 2012

Kerry Skarbakka

Clint, from the Series ‘The Struggle to Right Onesself’, 2002

Kerry Skarbakka

Croatia, from the Series ‘The Struggle to Right Onesself’, 2003

Kerry Skarbakka

G20, from the Series ‘The Struggle to Right Onesself’, 2009

Kerry Skarbakka

Grand Standing (at the Grand Canyon), from the Series ‘The Struggle to Right Onesself’, 2014

Kerry Skarbakka

Last Ditch Effort, from the Series ‘The Struggle to Right Onesself’, 2013

Kerry Skarbakka

Plato’s Cave, from the Series ‘The Struggle to Right Onesself’, 2002

Kerry Skarbakka

Reflected, from the Series ‘The Struggle to Right Onesself’, 2003

Kerry Skarbakka

Stairs, from the Series ‘The Struggle to Right Onesself’, 2002

Kerry Skarbakka

Studio, from the Series ‘The Struggle to Right Onesself’, 2002

Kerry Skarbakka

Three Pillars, from the Series ‘The Struggle to Right Onesself’, 2003

Kerry Skarbakka

Window, from the Series ‘The Struggle to Right Onesself’, 2009

Kerry Skarbakka

Free Fall, from the Series ‘Life Goes On’, 2005

Kerry Skarbakka

Office, from the Series ‘Life Goes On’, 2005

Kerry Skarbakka

Coastal Waters, from the Series ‘Fluid’, 2004

Kerry Skarbakka

Stranded, from the Series ‘Fluid’, 2008

Kerry Skarbakka

Winter Roof, from the Series ‘The Struggle to Right Oneself’, 2003

Kerry Skarbakka

Green Tree, from the Series ‘The Struggle to Right Oneself’, 2002

Kerry Skarbakka

Grass, in Black and White, from the Series ‘The Struggle to Right Oneself’, 2009

Kerry Skarbakka

Photographic Career

Kerry Skarbakka was born in Duluth, Minnesota. Skarbakka received his BA in Studio Art from the University of Washington School of Art and his MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. His performance-based photographic works depicting existential anxieties and loss of control through the acts of falling, drowning and fighting and have been exhibited internationally. A 2005 Creative Capital Grantee, his work is held in such collections as The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The North Carolina Museum of Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art and The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

Skarbakka has appeared on live interviews on FOX, WGN and PBS. In 2009, he was interviewed by Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show and on Today on Sunday from Australia. Given the cover and of such notable publications as Aperture, The Missouri Review and Genti di Fotografia, his work has also been featured in many other important journals, books and magazines including Afterimage, Art and America, ArtReview International and Yvi Magazine. Evidenced by his contribution to the medium of photography, his work was included in Here is Always Somewhere Else, a documentary film by Rene Daalder about the artist Bas Jan Ader, as well as After Photography, a documentary film series by Stan Neumann and Juliette Garcias co-produced by the Centre Pompidou. Online media coverage of his work has been extensive including pieces by The Huffington Post, Wired, Slate, ThisCollosal, The Guardian and many others.

The artist lives in Corvallis, Oregon with his wife and son. He serves as an Assistant Professor of Photography at Oregon State University.