About Kim Keever
39 West Street l Litchfield, Connecticut l 06759
For Immediate Release – November 14 2012
Press Contact: 860-567-9693 l Claire Simler
Kim Keever: Works of Art at Tillou Gallery
Tillou Gallery is pleased to present a dramatic exhibition of large scale photographs by the noted American artist Kim Keever. The exhibition will open with a preview reception at the Tillou Gallery on Saturday, December 1st from 5 – 8 pm. The exhibition of Mr. Keever’s work will continue from December 2nd 2012 - January 6th 2013.
Kim Keever: Works of Art is an exhibition of approximately 15 large scale photographs created by meticulously constructing miniature topographies in a 200 gallon tank, which is then filled with water. Colored lights and the dispersal of pigment produce ephemeral atmospheres that are quickly captured with the artist’s large format camera. These dioramas of fictitious environments are fabrications of reality yet they are panoramas which evoke a continuation of the landscape tradition, referencing a broad history of Romanticism, the Hudson River School and Luminism.
Tillou Gallery is located at 39 West Street (On the Green), in the charming town of Litchfield, CT. Specializing in contemporary American art; Tillou Gallery is located on the third floor of Jeffrey Tillou Antiques. Hours are Monday, and Wednesday through Saturday, from 10:30am – 5:00pm, and Sunday from 11:00am- 4:30pm. For further information, please call (860) 567-9693. To preview the photographs of Kim Keever,
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Raised along the eastern shore of Virginia and later in Chicago, Kim’s childhood reflections and remembrances are tremendous influences in his work. Afternoons spent as a boy witnessing the natural beauty of the water, sunsets and cloud filled landscapes are transcended to the present in the timeless and imaginative visions he creates through his photography. His idea to take on the process of literally constructing these memories into panoramic dioramas is as fascinating and thought provoking as the photographs themselves.
Kim Keever was destined to be an engineer, yet left graduate school in the late 70’s to focus on his passion for drawing and painting. Perhaps his acumen in engineering was meant to be implemented in the creative process of his eventual artwork. His painstaking attention to the details in his dioramas results in a creation of fanciful worlds which once immersed in water and infused with cloud like pigment formations create a vision of nature and its powerful presence. The photographic medium is ideal for it captures the moment in time and stimulates our imagination.
As can be seen in the photographs, Keever evokes a different place in time that we are extremely familiar with, or perhaps not. There is a feeling of settlement, reminding us of those before us, and on occasion uneasiness as if something is mysteriously omnipresent. He captures the purity of a moment, the luminescence of a late afternoon, an early morning, or moonlit evening. These are all things we have experienced and have in our visual repertoire. They are moments that enrapture us, draw us in and are needed; we end up appreciative of his message. We are human and living within nature’s astounding presence. Kim’s directive is purely defined. He has developed this form of expression over several decades and it sits clearly albeit mystically in front of the viewer.
In Keever’s work, West 91r, the imaginative process culminates into an actual physical landscape providing a symbolic, powerful and meditative vision. This scene combines the real with the imaginary, it documents a place which we somehow know, but never were. The familiar landscape of evergreens sunlit in the late afternoon, empowered and back dropped by the massive white covered mountains are also reminiscent of earlier American paintings. The artists Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Church come to mind. These Hudson River School artists were reverent of America’s natural beauty and often incorporated synthesized environments that connoted the untamed wilderness. This aesthetic vision was influenced by Romanticism and helped establish and ingrain the myth of the American Landscape and what it represents to our culture, our ideals and our sense of being in the world.
West 96k provides a more austere view of nature’s presence and mystery. The large silhouetted trees set against the tranquil coloration of a darkened cloud filled sky, warmed by the hues of a setting sun conjure an imaginative dialogue in our mind. Is the imposing presence of nature real and possibly greater than we are? It evokes strength in spirit and we are left to reflect on our own thoughts about nature, America, and our own personal promise.
Kim Keever lives in New York City, and has exhibited extensively in galleries throughout the United States and abroad. His works are part of several prominent museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the Museum of Modern Art, NY and the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. This is his first solo exhibition in Connecticut.