Here’s something of an addendum to last week’s post on Fresh Art Daily, the documentary about two guys wandering around looking for Steve. I’m pretty sure he’s listed, but without these oversights, we wouldn’t have any documentaries about guys wandering around in search of stuff, would we? Good luck guys, wherever you are…
This amazing little documentary below finds SK early and stays with him. It’s a short film, in the cinema verite tradition, that follows the painter through a typical day of art-making. It’s really very good and gives us a glance into Steve’s creative process, circa ’98, which apparently included White Zombie. There are a ton of beautiful images and moments throughout as well as some very insightful comments by Steve. Over 36,000 Sold was directed by Brett Vapnek, who’s made videos for bands like Spoon and Sleater-Kinney, which you can watch here. Watch the video in full screen here, it’s worth it. Enjoy!
For those of you who missed it, the SKSK store located at 85 Wythe St. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is sadly NO MORE. Happily,
you can still get your brightly painted, printed and jigsawed artifacts of Steve’s ongoing journey toward the end of paint and wafer board at the NEW LOCATION, 93 Guernsey St in Greenpoint. It’s just a few blocks away from the old place. The store is open for business on Sundays from 2 pm to 6 pm or by appointment. Please direct further curiousity to this well-crafted, educational page at the mother site, and please stop by to buy buy buy and buy some more. Get ’em quick, before the market crashes, Obama/Clinton declare martial law and we’re using Steve’s work as Road Warrior style armor.
In other time-soaked jams, you may have missed Steve’s starring role in the music video for 80’s Aussie mopers the Triffids’ 80’s mopefest (with truly uplifting chorus) “Save What You Can” from their 1987 album “Calenture.” Directed by Braden King and released in conjunction with Domino Records’ reissue programme of the this under-appreciated band’s albums, the video features footage of SK painting a Scandanavian lady, or rather, her portrait. Enjoy…
Here’re a couple of bonus 90’s throwback’s featuring SK’s inimitable set designs:
Taco Bell Location Myths:
And, in honor of Matt Pinfield’s upcoming CW reality show, “Wrinkled Cueball Looking for Love in the City of Angels”:
This one’s just for fun (while I’m posting videos):
ODDS and ENDS:
Here’s a site featuring some pre-2000 shots of Steve in the studio as well as some good photos of old paintings. All else is mysterious regarding this primo google find. All queries will be recieve the same answer: “Wikipedia. Panacea.”
Don’t tune us out, there’s an epic interview in the pipeline for this week, when I get a minute to spruce it up.
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:
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: