Vapor Trails is the newest multi-piece project from artist Ted Kincaid, and consists of 9 digitally manufactured photographs surface-mounted to Plexiglas and framed, each 24×24”. Assembled, the final installation measures 80×80” and is only available as a complete set, in an edition of 3.
Ted Kincaid is one of the most recognized and respected artists from North Texas. He is exhibited and collected nationally and has received considerable critical attention for his photographically based work. He has been reviewed in ARTFORUM, ARTPAPER and ART ON PAPER and is included in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts in San Antonio, the Neiman Marcus Collection, American Airlines, the Belo Corporation, the Microsoft Corporation, Pfizer, Inc, Reader’s Digest Corporate Collection, the City of Seattle, Washington, the U.S. State Department and the Human Rights Campaign Headquarters in Washington, DC.
Over the course of two decades, Kincaid has systematically subverted the notion of an objective photographic record. As his art continues to explore the play between painting and photography, Kincaid is one of several artists creating a new painting informed by photo-imagery and a new photography influenced by painting. The artist has explored this conceptual discourse through multiple series of work, deftly riding the line between the construction of totally manufactured images that bear the aesthetic of seemingly straightforward photographic images and actual photographs that buzz with vibrant palettes almost too fantastic to be considered plausible.
The Vapor Trails represent another incarnation of artist Ted Kincaid questioning whether what we see in his photographic creations are real or manufactured. In the case of Vapor Trails, Kincaid has represented man as altering nature rather than the artist. Here, rather than manufacturing clouds that never actually existed and presenting them as photographs, Kincaid shows us man creating clouds, altering the skies, through the trails of condensation from airplane jet engines, which, as they dissipate, merge with the natural cloud structure, forever changing the natural course of the atmosphere.