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"surface tension: New Paintings by Josh Keyes"
2007-10-01 until 2007-10-31
Hang Art
San Francisco, CA, USA United States of America

HANG ART is delighted to present Surface Tension, a solo show of new paintings by San Francisco artist Josh Keyes. The exhibition opens October 1, 2007 and will be on view through October 31, 2007. An opening reception will be held First Thursday, October 4 from 6 to 8pm at 556 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Keyes introduces a new body of work that explores the relationship between contemporary culture and traditional painting practice. Keyes views his paintings as responses to the near-constant barrage of information, media, and imagery that we process and navigate on a daily basis.

From start to finish, the artist works in a classical manner that begins with the meticulous sketching of his subjects from every angle. The finished works are hyper-real renderings of his chosen surreal subject matter. The contrast between inspiration and methods is central to Keyes’ paintings. He states, “Painting and drawing are vehicles of expression that are slow and contemplative. They remain still. They unfold in complexity through the eyes and mind of the viewer. This elastic quality is interesting to me. My work is a fusion of story telling and painting ideas.”

Keyes isolates his characters in the wide white field of the canvas, which heightens their isolation and forces the viewer to focus on the artist’s intended message. Disguised beneath the layers of art historical reference, skill, and even humor, Keyes inspires us to consider the frenetic spiral of media, consumerism, and general paranoia.

IMAGE
Josh Keyes
The Clearing
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 30 inches
2005


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