Meet the Artist & Book Signing with R. J. Kern

Jun 16, 2022

Thursday, June 16th - 6-8pm

Free and open to the public

Join us at Burnet Fine Art to view the exhibition and chat with the artist!

Kern will have the three editions of his newest book The Unchosen Ones on display and available for purchase and signing.

Read more below!

The Unchosen Ones | Trade Edition

A new book by award-winning Minneapolis-based photographer R. J. Kern, The Unchosen Ones (MW Editions, 2021) features portraits of future farmers in America’s heartland. Kern’s subjects are Minnesota 4-H members, each of whom spent a year raising an animal then entered it into a 4-H competition. He first photographed them in 2016, and none of the children who sat for him succeeded in winning first prize, despite the obvious care they had given to their animals. Four years later, in 2020, Kern returned to photograph and interview his young subjects. As he took the second group of photographs, Kern inquired about what his young subjects had carried forward from their previous experience. What were their thoughts, their advice, their dreams and their goals for the future? How do they fit in future agricultural America? The new images are poignant when juxtaposed with the originals, tapping into the mindset of America’s agricultural youth. These beautiful portraits capture a certain America, a rural world, and a time in life when the layered emotions of youth are laid bare.


The Unchosen Ones | Collector's Edition

Edition of 50 + 10AP books

- Includes “American Denim" cover with tipped in photograph front and back, embossed and foil stamping, signed & numbered by artist

- Choice of TWO 11 x 14 inch archival pigment prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm, signed, numbered, & dated on verso, limited to edition of 10 + 2AP (prints may not be the same).

- Custom “American Denim” print folio handmade by the artist


The Unchosen Ones | The Deluxe Edition Portfolio

The Deluxe Edition Portfolio includes twelve photographs and video interviews from The Unchosen Ones: Portraits of an American Pastoral. Designed specifically for university art museums and collections, this portfolio operates as an exhibition and educational tool.

Twelve 16 x 20 inch photographs signed, titled, and numbered verso in archival ink by R. J. Kern, printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth (305 gsm) paper with archival pigment inks by Ethan Jones. Ten prints chosen by the artist, the remaining two chosen at acquisition from the signed, special edition of The Unchosen Ones: Portraits of an American Pastoral (MW Editions, 2021).

Custom portfolio box and accordion book made by R. J. Kern in Minneapolis, Minnesota. QR codes link to the video documentary vignettes, available for direct download with acquisition.

The Deluxe Edition Portfolio debuted at the artist’s third solo exhibition with Burnet Fine Art & Advisory in Wayzata, Minnesota, May 21 - July 2, 2022. Edition of 12 + AP, sized 17 x 21 x 2 inches.