Josh Keyes and Oliver Vernon at Limited Addiction
You may have read a recent interview with Josh Keyes at The Brilliance, heres a look at his Denver based show with Oliver Vernon at the Limited Addiction Gallery. The below excert from their site sums up the inspiration well, an interpretation on the world we live in today through interesting mediums and sources.
Like an archeologist, Josh Keyes isolates narrative scraps from the world and places them in the void of the canvas to see what they might become. The images are meant to have a diagrammatic quality that arises from his desire to see things more clearly. Though often steeped in satire, Josh’s drawings and paintings are also suffused with a sincere admiration of our planet. His altered landscapes reveal both the intricacy of the earth as a system and the complexity of our response to the natural world, while retaining a sense of specificity and intimacy. Keyes is interested in creating psychological narratives set in closed systems that express the behavior of and the interaction between humans and animals. The dystopian model creates a dynamic playing field where he can experiment with these ideas and forms.
Keyes has drawn upon a number of recent life experiences for this body of work. The artist views this subject matter as a positive turning point in the wake of his past few exhibitions, which have touched upon darker underlying themes.
Oliver Vernon’s imagery stems from his imagination through a process of spontaneous composition. The artist’s layered environments infuse concepts of space, motion and form with unique architechtural vision. He depicts the simultaneity of microcosmic and macrocosmic perspectives, as well as exploring themes of biology, physics, mythology and ancient visionary wisdom. Vernon’s open-ended approach challenges the viewer to project meaning from their own experience.
For this exhibition, Vernon has channeled significant inspiration from his recent travels in Europe. A number of the works were conceived and completed in his studio in the heart of Zurich. The clean and natural aesthetic of the city served as a launch pad for this new minimalist approach that the artist has infused into his distinct style.
Thanks to Supertouch for the heads up.