Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Josh Keyes

Josh Keyes was born in 1969 in Tacoma Washington. Keyes graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and later received his MFA in painting from Yale University.

Josh’s work brings to mind the detail and complexity of natural history dioramas, and the color and diagrammatic complexity one might find in cross section illustrations from a vintage science textbook. His work has developed over the past years into an iconic and complex personal vocabulary of imagery that creates a mysterious and sometimes unsettling juxtaposition between the natural world and the man made landscape. The work conveys an anxious vision of what the world might be like in the future as a result of current global warming predictions.

Keyes’ interest in creating paintings that fuse realism with the possible often evokes the imagery found in dystopian and post-apocalyptic literature, while other works express the optimism and utopian ideas found in the writings of Buckminster Fuller and Paolo Soleri. Keyes often incorporates objects and animals into his dissected environments that have personal iconographic significance. He weaves his personal mythology through fractured and isolated landscapes that are either overgrown with vegetation or underwater, and often depict historic or military monuments covered with graffiti.

The imagery functions as a way for Keyes to express his personal experience and also allows him to comment and interpret events in the world. His work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibited in galleries in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Denver. Keyes currently lives and works in Portland Oregon.
[source JOSH KEYES]

Feb 23, 2010, update: Josh Keyes has (finally) made the cover of JUXTAPOZ magazine - yeah, you get the news here FIRST on Free Planet.


Vertical said...

It is noted "... optimism and utopian ideas found in the writings of Buckminster Fuller and Paolo Soleri."

Since I am strongly involved with the ideas and influence of Paolo Soleri; AND (more recently) an Anti New World Order person; AND (more recently still) becoming aware of INCOMPATIBILITIES between these two ... I ought to say something.

I have been a student of Soleri for many years, having spent time working at his Arcosanti Project, then developing on his ideas in detail in my Architectural research.

But I have now developed serious misgivings about what he advocates.

It really breaks my heart to say this. The rationales in Soleri's work, when explored properly (difficult to do; he's a very, very difficult read) are HIGHLY persuasive and inspiring.

And I had just begun to extend my study of Soleri into efforts towards a whole new 'formal' field of design science, (let's call it "deep-biomimetic urbanism").

But then I twig that Soleri's 'Arcologies' - most likely unwittingly - could actually be IDEAL as the 'PRISON CITIES' that the NWO have planned for 'the slaves'.

I guess there is perhaps one 'flashing clue' to this linkage, in that the most famous book by Soleri's primary inspiration, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, comes universally with an Introduction by that heinous ARCH VILLAIN, Julian Huxley. (Huxley and Teilhard were scientific colleagues).

Oh, misery.

Knocking Soleri 'on political grounds' is not THAT uncommon. But I guess I just didn't want to see it; his thinking is VERY remarkable. Still - it's always good to have one's eyes opened.

Mike Philbin said...

Death camp chic will be the new IKEA-like dreamsell.

Corporate furnishings for the less well off aka those who will soon no longer be.