Lafayette College’s Williams Center Gallery presents Underwater-Scapes, an unusual and ethereal exhibition by New York artist Kim Keever, who assembles and photographs landscapes inside giant fish tanks filled with water. The exhibition runs through October 28.
Keever builds the landscapes by pouring colored paints into a 200-gallon aquarium and then photographing the pigments as they flow and spread throughout the water, creating images of clouds, fog and mist. The resulting photographs resemble 19th century Hudson River and Luminist school paintings in size and subject matter.
Originally a thermal engineer, working primarily on NASA projects, Keever radically changed his career in the late 1970s and became a full-time artist. Yet he has always drawn on his original vocation by retaining a scientific and investigative process in his work, while at the same time displaying an astute awareness of historical landscape art.
He will give an artist’s talk at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24 in room 108 of the Williams Center for the Arts. It is free and open to the public.
In 2012, Keever’s work appears in four museum exhibitions: Otherworldly (Museum of Arts and Design, New York); There were Mountains, Sunsets, and Ocean Shores (Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art); 25 American Artists (Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon, South Korea); and Deconstructing Nature (Hunterdon Museum, N.J.). He has also had solo exhibits at the Charles Bank gallery (in conjunction with Kinz + Tillou Fine Art) in New York and the David B. Smith gallery in Denver. His work is featured in the collections of the following museums: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Chrysler Museum of Art, the New England Center for Contemporary Art, the Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, the Patterson Museum, and the George Washington University Gallery.
The Lafayette Art Galleries and EPI’s public programs, are funded in part with a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Endowment for the Arts.