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Kim Keever @ David B Smith Gallery

Juxtapoz // Friday, 28 Oct 2011
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We saw a lot of art here at the magazine each day, but occasionally you get stopped in your tracks, and Kim Keever's work just did that to us. Currently showing at David B Smith Gallery in Denver, Keever shoots large-scale photographs of incredibly detailed topographies in a 200-gallon tank, which is then filled with water.

That is one big wow. The process, as you see below, has to be quite the undertaking.

Here is some words from the gallery about the NYC-based Keever:

These dioramas of fictitious environments are brought to life with colored lights and the dispersal of pigment, producing ephemeral atmospheres that he must quickly capture with his large-format camera.

Keever's painterly panoramas represent a continuation of the landscape tradition, as well as an evolution of the genre. Referencing a broad history of landscape painting, especially that of Romanticism, the Hudson River School and Luminism, they are imbued with a sense of the sublime. However, they also show a subversive side that deliberately acknowledges their contemporary contrivance and conceptual artifice. Keever's staged scenery is characterized by a psychology of timelessness. A combination of the real and the imaginary, they document places that somehow we know, but never were. The symbolic qualities he achieves result from his understanding of the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, Keever fabricates an illusion to conjure the realms of our imagination.


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Kim Keever
Through November 19, 2011
David B Smith Gallery
Denver, Colorado

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