My husband and I both have a love of art and I wanted to introduce a new section to my blog exploring artists that Leith and I discover. We may not always agree on our respective taste in art, but I guess that’s the beauty of it. Art is in the eye of the beholder. So this is our first piece together.
The first artist we wanted to write about is a New York local by the name of Kim Keever. Kim studied engineering and interned at NASA, working on missile skin technology and jet nozzles. Anyway he decided not to proliferate the development of jet nozzles and moved to NYC in the 70’s to pursue his art career.
It took him around 20 years to find his signature which he is known for today. It is rumoured that he was given a fish tank by a friend and Keever began building elaborately detailed synthetic landscapes in and around the tank. He then draws on the unique properties of the water and submerged objects to create photographs looking like they were taken outdoors. Its kind of hard to explain but the guys a genius and he takes rad photos of stuff in a fish tank.
Im not a big fan of his landscape works but more recently he has dispensed with the landscapes and is focused purely on abstract formations of liquids in water and the interplay of color and light.
I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
“In the past several years, I have taken an abrupt turn from the landscapes I’ve been making for some time. Though I continue to make new landscapes, in the past few years I have been concentrating on images in the areas of figuration and abstraction, all within the confines of my large water filled aquarium. The new abstract series also entails a rather unusual way of using the tank. In some of the landscape images I would construct part of the landscape on a table in front of the tank, in the tank, and on a much larger table in back of the tank. Sometimes the dimension from front to back of the model would be more than twelve feet. With the new abstract series I am only using about a half inch to a foot of the space behind the glass in the water filled tank. This new method produces a rather flat surface to the photograph instead of the nineteenth century depth of the landscapes. It also allows me an exploration of new color compositions as well as creating and photographing almost random occurrences as the paint pigment and water mixture flow through the tank. This method allows new freedoms of exploration and creativity I have not had before. “ – Kim Keever