Steve Keene's Brooklyn Experience, curated by Dan Efram/Tractor Beam
Central Library, Grand Lobby
Brooklyn-based painter/multimedia artist and Brooklyn Public Library's 2014 artist-in-residence Steve Keene brings playful music-themed pop art, as well as new works and sculptures that pay homage to Brooklyn.
This exhibition will pay homage to Brooklyn and Brooklyn Public Library, rendered in the pieces Wood Sculpture and Tattooed Plywood.
A library is like a train station for the mind. It is the point from which you can travel anywhere, everywhere. There is something so energizing about both the familiar and the unknown all at your fingertips waiting for new connections to be made. I try to include this sense of unlimited possibility in my work, to create an endless painting that has no boundaries and that becomes an environment for people to participate in.
Steve Keene earned a MFA from Yale University, and to date has amassed more than 250,000 pieces in public and private collections. He is well known among independent music fans for creating original album artwork, video sets, stage sets and promotional posters for musical artists such as Silver Jews, Pavement, The Apples in Stereo, Soul Coughing, Merzbow and The Dave Matthews Band. Keene has shown at the Goethe Institute in Washington, DC, Moore College in Philadelphia, PA, and internationally at the Goch Museum in Goch, Germany and The Tanks in Cairns, Australia, among others; this exhibition will serve as his New York City debut. He is the 2014 Brooklyn Public Library artist-in-residence.
Artist photo © Adam Cantor
Steve Keene’s Brooklyn Experience is curated by Producer Dan Efram, a music and media producer, who has developed live projects, music, documentary films and television programs for stages and screens around the world.
Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 1- 4 pm
Join Steve Keene in a "live" painting performance with performances by indie rock band, Evil Arrows and an Affordable Art Fair with works by the artist. Hourly prize drawings for gift cards from Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies.
Steve Keene's Residency Program at Brooklyn Public Library:
Watch Steve Keene paint "live" every Thursday, Friday & Saturday (weather permitting) from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm on BPL's Plaza. Paintings will be available for sale after each painting session from 5:00 - 6:00 pm.
Photo credit: Gregg Richards
JUNE 19, 20 & 21
JUNE 26, 27 & 28
JULY 10, 11 & 12
JULY 17, 18 & 19
JULY 24, 25 & 26
JULY 31, AUG 1 & 2
AUG 7, 8 & 9
AUG 14, 15 & 16