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Kim Keever (American)
LOT ID: 80852
West 101c, 2009

Chromogenic Print (C-print)
46 х 72 in. (116.84 x 182.88 cm.)
Signed, on label attached to verso.
Edition 1 of 6 (+1 AP)
Lot description
The work is mounted, measuring 46 x 72 inches (116.8 x 182.9 cm) which includes the 2-inch (5.1 cm) white margin around the image.

A C-print by Keever from his "West" series (104k) was included in the notable and highly acclaimed group exhibition: “Otherwordly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities," Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, June 7 – September 18, 2011.

Contemporary photographer Kim Keever's surreal, sublime landscapes epitomize the idea of staged photography. Keever painstakingly constructs landscapes of plaster mountains, model trees, bushes and other foliage in a large fish tank in his East Village studio. Filling the tank with water, he injects pigments and gels into the tank, carefully timed, and manipulates light sources to achieve hazy atmospheric effects and beautiful colors that evoke the sun shining over mountaintops or moonlight breaking through the clouds. His work is so convincing the viewer initially assumes these landscapes have evolved organically, reflecting on the majestic grandeur of nature, before realizing that these mythical landscapes are not only contrived, but created on a miniature scale. His background in mechanical engineering, which he abandoned to pursue photography, is evident in his work as well. Keever was heavily influenced by Cindy Sherman's staged self-portraits, and while his work lacks the figurative aspect it is clear that his process and his immersive, theatrical environments have much in common with Sherman.

Recent exhibitions of Keever's work include "Controlled Environments" at Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art in San Francisco (2012); "Early Man and Missing Landscapes" at Charles Bank Gallery in New York (2011); "Kim Keever," at David B. Smith Gallery in Denver (2011); “Otherwordly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities," at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2011); and "Kim Keever and David Maisel" at Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago (2010). His work is held in numerous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Hirshorn Museum, Washington, DC, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York.
West 101c by Kim Keever
  • West 101c by Kim Keever
  • West 101c by Kim Keever
  • West 101c by Kim Keever
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