Artist of the Week 08/01/05
Kim Keever, Eight Months, 1997, cibachrome, 34 x 44 inches
Kim Keever, View from Darkness, 2000, cibachrome, 52 x 64 inches
Actually, if you look at the last one closely, you begin to see the tell-tale signs of Kim's process. I've worked with Kim (curating his work in to an exhibition in London), and have a great deal of respect for him and his work, but I think he may have made a mistake revealing his process. In an exhibition at De Chiara/Stewart, as well as on the website for his current gallery, Feigen Contemporary, he spelled it all out for the viewer to see:
He photographs through a tank in which he creates the landscape, fills the tank with water and then squirts in paint to create the atmospheric clouds and such. It's still a spectacular process, and I have to trust that Kim is not worried that the work suffers from the revelation about how it's made, but for me, I prefered it when I didn't know. Perhaps that's just the kid in me, I'm not sure.
Having said that, revealing his process did lead Kim to expand his project into video. You can see a Quicktime piece here.
Kim's gallery's site nicely places the work in art history (citing Hudson River School painters and such), but for me, he's one artist whose work is better to look at than read about. Here's a few more photographs:
Kim Keever, Summer: Blue, Yellow and Gray, 2004, C-print, 51 1/8 x 68 1/8 inches
Kim Keever, Palm 47, 2005, C-print, 30 x 44 inches