January 23 – February 28, 2015
DOUG KEYES – Portrait
Artist Reception: Thursday, February 5th, 5:30-8pm
Gallery Talk with Doug Keyes, starting at 5:30pm
Click on thumbnails to view artwork in this exhibit, and please inquire about current pricing and availability.
This exhibit marks the third body of work, and our fourth solo show for DOUG KEYES. While the focus on portraits is a departure from his previous bodies of work, Doug remains interested in creating artwork about how one takes images from the outside world and molds them into personal memories. This body of work is about portraits; those made by artists and documentarians. The resulting portraits in this exhibit are created from images that Keyes collected from each artist as he experienced their work in books, the internet and in person at galleries and museums. Keyes layers these images upon each other to create one seamless artwork, resulting in a compiled memory of each artist’s work.
As an artist and graphic designer DOUG KEYES, is aware of the ways in which information and images are conveyed to the public. He is equally aware of the way knowledge stacks upon itself over time, leaving an impression or collective memory. Doug Keyes’ previous body of work, Becoming Language, used multiple exposure photographs to document travel along a route or within a specific area in an attempt to record what the eye doesn’t see but the mind retains. These large-scale luminous color photographs reveal (or conceal) an entire experience in a single image.
Prior to that, Keyes explored Collective Memory, focusing on the documentation of other people’s ideas in the form of books. Subjects and ideas came from science, technology, philosophy, religion, art, culture, and nature. The pertinent pages of a single book were then photographed to produce one condensed image/idea. As a reference to his current work, we placed two works from this series in the back of the gallery above the flat files. Additionally, a monograph on this body of work was published in 2008 by DECODE Books. Signed copies are available.
Doug’s work is included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the Berkeley Art Museum; the Akron Art Museum; the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art; Tacoma Art Museum; King County’s 4 Culture; Washington Arts Consortium; Seattle Arts Commission; Microsoft; Perkins Coie; Fidelity Investments; University of Maryland and the University of Washington, Seattle.
Additionally, Doug Keyes was a recipient of the Ned Behnke Artist Fellowship in 1999, with an exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum in 2005 to honor artists from the past 10 years. He received a PONCHO Merit Award in 2009, was Photo Americas photographer of the year in 2001, a finalist of the Betty Bowen Award, Seattle Art Museum in 2000, Juror’s Award recipient, Tacoma Art Museum, Fred Wilson, juror, in 1999, and Juror’s Award recipient at the Berkeley Art Center in 1996. He currently lives and works in Seattle, WA.