12.21.2014

Spotlight: Kim Keever

Hi There !

On Sunday mornings I typically receive my 1stdibs weekly email with their latest introductions. Unfamiliar?  "Is the world's leading on line marketplace for the the most beautiful things on earth" . . . according to their site here.  If you want to visit in person . . 1stdibs is located in NYC in the Design Center (200 Lexington - on the 10th floor)  . . . it's a must see.





Just taking a look today, I came across a few pieces by Photographer & Artist Kim Keever and it took everything I had not to simple click the "in cart" button.  

Offered by Kinz & Tillou Fine Art in Brooklyn, NY, this 39 x 41" piece can be yours for $3,800.



What I can't get over is the creating process . . .  using a large tank of water, he drips paint into it, cameras and lights set up,  capturing the image as it hits the water and explodes into soft, pillowy forms !!  Wow.  Now that's my layman's explanation, don't try this at home in your kid's fish tank - read more below !

So amazing - take a look at some of his other works.











The abstract photographs of artist Kim Keever are almost like forces of nature. Colorful cyclones of pigment and light evoke violent explosions of energy: spewing lava, mushroom clouds, a building storm. But such powerful forces couldn’t be further from the artist’s surprising technique, one that takes an experimental—even playful—approach to watercolor.  
To create the works—which will soon be on view withWaterhouse & Dodd at PULSE Miami Beach—Keever begins with large tanks filled with water, which he carefully lights with colorful gels like a stage director. He used a similar technique in his early landscape-inspired photographs, for which he created detailed submarine worlds filled with model trees and sculpted terrain. For his abstractions, however, Keever looks to an entirely different medium: paint. Inspired by both the materiality and history of the medium, he drips paint from squeeze bottles into the water, photographing it as it disperses into clouds of pure color. 
With these abstractions, Keever manages to resist representation, while simultaneously calling to mind familiar tropes from the history of painting. An image like Abstract 6683 (2014) might immediately recall a delicate Dutch floralstill life, while Abstract 10161(2014) seems to capture the organized chaos of a Renaissance ceiling fresco, filled with tumbling gods and putti. To find these moments amid the randomness of swirling, candy-colored bursts of water and paint, Keever captures a half-dozen images per set-up—he estimates he’s shot thousands for the series—cropping them afterwards to find compelling compositions. Often, he inverts the image so the colors seem to be growing upwards as opposed to sinking. 
Though the images are produced as printed photographs, the lyrical quality of the paint remains present in the finished works. While the material is a primary concern of the series, Keever chooses to work in photography, he has said, as a way to capture the movement of the sea and all its energy in a way the human mind could never pause long enough to reproduce on its own. 
—Heather Corcoran



Just a little Sunday morning eye candy !



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