November- December, 2023 at the corner of Case and Edgerton on the East Side of Saint Paul, MN
C|E Studios Artboard Home Page
Case Edgerton Studios
is proud to present
STILL LIFE IN PROGRESS
by local photographer and curator
Stephan F. Kistler
Stephan F. Kistler is a freelance photographer who lives and works in St. Paul. A significant focus of his recent work has been on environmental portraits in urban settings, seeking to tell stories about people and their neighborhoods that might go untold without the unique connection that a camera lens can trigger. His aim is to create a point of view that helps others see their surroundings, community, and themselves in a new and enriched way –and, where possible, gain a fresh perspective on key issues our neighborhoods, society and environment face.
Kistler is the co-founder, curator and ad-hoc manager of ArT @ 967 Payne, a collaborative and inclusive working studio and gallery space located one block from The Board at CE Studios. ArT @ 967 Payne serves as a local arts center for the diverse community on the East Side of Saint Paul, is home to a communal group of working artists, and hosts gallery exhibitions that attract artists and art lovers from the larger Twin Cities area. Stephan is also the co-founder and artistic lead of Solidarity Street Gallery, an annual, community-centered art and cultural festival along Payne Avenue in St. Paul. The event brings together neighbors and visitors with artists, performers, community organizations, civic leaders, and local businesses for important exchanges about justice, equity, and resilience – and to celebrate all the diverse groups who call the East Side of St. Paul their home.
With a background in science and engineering, and a long career in research & development in industry, Stephan has not had a formal education in photography. However, he has had a passion for photography and the arts from a young age and, in more recent years, has been able to draw guidance, insights and challenges for a new trajectory of learning and discovery from a number of outstanding photographers through various workshops. He is currently taking a class in photography at the Fine Arts Dept of the Univ of MN, which gave inspiration to the still life on display on the Board at CE Studios.
Photographed inside of C|E Studios, “Still Life in Progress”, provides a glimpse of the artistic spirit that is filling this fabulous new art venue on the East Side of Saint Paul, using objects and ephemera proprietors Jessie Fisher and Scott Seebart are gathering for their current bodies of work. Piquing the curiosity of neighbors and passersby, the image is intended as a 'work in progress,' consistent with the construction that is still taking place inside the building while capturing the colors of the season – a reflection on the blessings of Thanksgiving - bringing cheer and warmth to the neighborhood as we transition from fall to winter.