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The “Veils” of Kelly Banfield `24 at the Smith Gallery

Zach Spindler-Krage
Kelly Banfield `24, in a veil himself, reflects on his name that now shows on the door of the Edith Renfrow Smith `37 Student Art Gallery.

Right outside of the Dining Hall sits a small room whose windows advertise a new exhibition titled “Veils” by Kelly Banfield `24. The new display, housed in the Edith Renfrow Smith `37 Student Art Gallery, features four photographs and an installation composed of makeup wipes at various stages in the removal process. 

Banfield talked about how his photography carries a level of fear “when something’s not fully discernable as an object.” He added that the makeup wipes add another layer of obscurity, as they were once covering his face and then were removed. 

Despite only officially launching on Feb. 3, Banfield’s exhibit has been in the works since he started working on his photography Mentored Advanced Project (MAP) last summer. Banfield, who had never shot with film before his MAP, used multiple styles of cameras throughout the project. The slightly blurred effect in some of his photos, he says, comes from the pinhole camera he favored. 

A notable aspect of his photography is the discoloration that occurs in a few of the photos, creating a fog effect that appears to hide the subject of the photo and add a level of obscurity. While the design choices might seem intentional, Banfield said the effect was a complete accident caused by his developing canister. “The lid fell off, and the roll of film went into our chemical discard bucket,” he said. 

Those “mistakes,” however, birthed a truly unique composition, according to Banfield — one worthy of its very own gallery. “Veils” will remain in the Smith Gallery until Feb. 17.

Banfield, donning striking makeup that gives a glimpse into an aspect of his exhibit, stands in front of one of his photography pieces. (Zach Spindler-Krage)


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Henry Horn, Staff Writer
Henry Horn is a second-year history major from Pasadena, California. He likes riding his bike, listening to songs that don't belong together, and watching soccer. He can easily be bribed with Hot Tamales or a bloody mary sandwich with no tomato but with jalapeños from Jay's Deli.
Zach Spindler-Krage, News Editor
Zach Spindler-Krage is a third-year political science major and policy studies concentrator. He is from Rochester, Minnesota and has an unbelievable amount of state pride. Zach spends his time hiking, playing and listening to music, trying to submit op-eds for every class writing assignment, and wishing he was in Minnesota.
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