Keegan Gibbs Setting Up at Known GalleryJuxtapoz // Saturday, 15 Jan 2011
Keegan Gibbs, who is showing Open Spaces at Known Gallery in Los Angeles starting tonight, January 15, just sent us some teasing images and previews of what is in the works if you stop by. The show consists of Keegan's work, and installations he has done with Juxta-friend Sage Vaughn and Brendan Lynch.
Keegan has shot a few portraits for us in the past, and we are happy to see him showing at Known's big open space. (Not a pun, we promise). It is also fitting to see Known changing it up, show after the show, in terms of the program's direction. PUSH, the Olsons, Keegan, just a few solid shows over the past 6 months.
Here is what Keegan says of Open Spaces:
“The ocean is and always has been the epicenter of my existence on this planet. I am an aquanaut on a thruster in this ever amazing and boundless liquid energy. I have optimized and streamlined my life to ensure maximum time gliding across water. Every choice and relationship, all decisions and waking thoughts (and most dreams) are influenced and infused by the pull of the tides, the whiff of an offshore breeze, and the lucid corduroy lines gracefully stampeding
towards the coast.
I go to the sea to surf, to bond with friends or to be alone, to let out aggression or to find inner peace. The moving ocean is my solid ground. The moment one stands up on a board, propelled by a wave racing across the sea, one is only aware of the present – nothing else. I have never found any other way to achieve that absolutely pure and meditative mindstate.
Open Space is my expression of the state one falls into while floating weightless off shore, looking out to sea, hoping and waiting for the next set. Troubles are isolated far away on the unreality of land, while you are free in the truest reality of water. It is a timeless unspoilable state that cannot be ruined, not even by the angry local that may be slashing your tires and waxing your windows simply because he doesn’t want to share some waves. To a surfer it’s an understandable
act of necessary evil to keep an ungoverned subculture in form, and from it breaking into full bore beachblanket-bingo havoc.
Open Space is a collection of images, collages, and installations that evoke the balance in my life.”
KEEGAN GIBBS | OPEN SPACE
INSTALLATIONS WITH SAGE VAUGHN AND BRENDAN LYNCH
OPENING: JANUARY 15th, 8-11PM
RUNS: JANUARY 15th - FEBRUARY 5th, 2011
441 NORTH FAIRFAX AVENUE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90036