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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Who the Heck Is...

KIM KEEVER?


Short Take: Artist (former painter) who photographs imaginary landscapes constructed in a 100-gallon aquarium full of water, using plaster casts, colored lights, and clouds of various coloring agents (paint, ink, dye, etc.) injected into the water.

Quote: "It's so much fun to see the paint clouds move through the water and it all starts to look so real, I feel like I'm watching a movie or I've been transported to this lilliputian world of my own creation. I guess I'm an escapist at heart."

A Taste: "Turtle Skull Rock," 2000 (4-foot by 5-foot Cibachrome made from 4x5" transparency, above)

Critical Voice: "...Unabashedly handsome, even majestic, [Keever's landscapes] are nevertheless mysterious, moody and perhaps a bit malevolent (in a good way!). Wagnerian. Except there are no humans. We are seemingly either in a primordial Eden or a post-apocalyptic pastoral.

"Immediately, these large, horizontal photographs evoke such luminaries as Church and Bierstadt, the Hudson River School and their predecessors, David Casper Friedrich and the German Romantics. Keever's photos hearken back to an era when nature was pristine and seemed vast while still capable of being haunting. There was no irony in the optimism it inspired. Keever's own Romanticism is writ large in these exuberant raptures. Delightfully so." (Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, offoffoff.com)


People Who Don't Like Him: His downstairs neighbors, whose apartment he has flooded twice.

Where to see the pictures:
Feigen Contemporary
535 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011

Book: None

Website

Below, Studio shot showing Keever's working area.


Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON

7 Comments:

Anonymous Wilhelm said...

William Mortenson would be proud of him.

10:23 AM  
Blogger synj00 said...

Oh wow!!! Where did you come across this guy? Thats pretty awesome and original. I'd love to see those in person. Its like still life to the nth degree. Bravo!

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12:50 PM  
Blogger Albano Garcia said...

Amazing stuff. This blog rocks! I missed the Sunday Morning Photographer column, and now I can take a daily dose! I'm addict :-)

1:12 PM  
Blogger Richard Sintchak said...

Very unique, interesting stuff. When looking at the images on the website though it seemed a few wear marred by stains on the glass and such and it was way too evident to see such. I would think that could be avoided?

2:21 PM  
Blogger Motto! said...

Obviously any marks that are appearing were intentional... I think if he wanted them clean he could afford the Windex.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous juananguerrero said...

I like un huevo, wonderful.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Richard Sintchak said...

It that was obvious I would not have said anything. I first thought that too Mike but go take a look, they certainly add nothing IMO, and make it look like they were shot through a dirty fish tank....(???)

5:27 PM  

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