Archive for January, 2008

New Tuesday Rising

January 30, 2008

Welcome to the inaugural (written) post on the SK blog, where you’ll be able to find regular updates on the comings and goings of the World’s Most Prolific Artist, New York’s Steve Keene. There’s quite a bit of catching up to do, a lot of recently deceased events to dissect (for the purposes of artistic inquiry) and a lot of futures to invest in (or bonds or whatever). So without wasting more of anyone’s precious time, let’s turn back the calendar a couple of months…

Let’s get started with a recap of Steve’s recent stint as Artist in Residence at Roanoke College in Roanoke, Virginia. Steve covered his old haunt with his trademark work from October 22 to November 10th of last year, an act of vandalism that the residents of Roanoke welcomed with open arms. By all accounts (one of which can be found here: http://www.williamverdult.com/features/2007/11/7/resident-artist-at-roanoke-college-sells-art-for-cheap-yazzy.html) Virginia was happy to play to host to one of her wandering sons. If you’re visiting Roanoke any time soon, it’s likely that you’ll see some SK artwork prominently displayed in the living rooms and bathrooms of the town once known as Big Lick. Steve’s “absurd nonsense” keeps spreading virally throughout this great land of ours.

Admittedly, the plague is concentrated along the Eastern Seaboard, where Steve plies his trade most prolifically. Last September, Steve and studio compadre/fellow artist Trevor Reese took the fruits of their creative labor to Philadelphia’s Copy Gallery for a collaborative show called, of course, The Steve Keene Trevor Reese Project. Trevor’s mountains coexisted peacefully with Steve’s cutouts and paintings in the gallery’s cramped space. Here’re a couple of interweb locations where you’ll find a slew of (or two) perspectives on the show:

http://www.artintheage.com/blog/the_steve_keene_trevor_reese_project_at_copy/

http://www.citypaper.net/articles/2007/09/13/steve-keene

Trevor and company set up the show, and here’s the proof, a narrative affirmation of the high level at which both of these artists are operating:

Be sure to check out the Copy Gallery’s website too, here:

http://copygallery.org/documents/27/

Steve also did the cover for the most recent issue of the short fiction journal, the Land Grant College Review, whose pages have been graced by such post-whatever luminaries as Frederick Barthelme and Stephen Dixon, among others. You can check it out here:

http://www.land-grantcollegereview.com

Or here:

http://www.myspace.com/landgrantcollegereview

Coming soon: an in depth conversation w/ SK! Keep your eyes peeled and aimed in this direction…

Bye.