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Guest curator: Josh Keyes  Portland, OR artist


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About Josh


Josh Keyes’ style is reminiscent of the diagrammatic vocabulary found in scientific textbook illustrations that often express through a detached and clinical viewpoint an empirical representation of the natural world. Assembled into this virtual stage set are references to contemporary events along with images and themes from his personal mythology. Josh Keyes’ work is a hybrid of eco-surrealism and dystopian folktales that express a concern for our time and the Earth’s future.

Josh Keyes was born in Tacoma, Washington. He received a BFA in 1992 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 1998 from Yale University. Keyes currently lives and works in Portland Oregon.


Josh's selections


Gregory Euclide

Minneapolis, MN

"Gregory’s work is wonderful on so many levels. It is fiercely playful, in the way it plays on the landscape motif, and is endlessly surprising in the way everyday familiar materials are transformed to represent something entirely different. For lack of a better word Euclide’s work is “Landscape Porn”"

Jacob Magraw

Pasadena, CA

"Jacob’s work has a fragile nature about it and yet the vibrancy of acidic color and undulating layers evokes a sense of turbulent inner instability. The work ignites the imagination instantly, and the more work you see, the more your curiosity grows about what these things are, and the world they come from."

Amy Casey

Cleveland, OH

"Amy’s cityscapes are both playful and tragic, and look like some surreal stage set for a contemporary take on a Charles Dickens’s play. You can’t help moving your eyes up and around the walkways and strands that bind and hold the buildings and shelters together. The strong graphic elements and intense detail give these teetering structures a compelling tactile quality, a visual labyrinth for the eye to get pleasantly lost in."

Robert Hardgrave

Seattle, WA

"Hardgrave’s work elicits such a strong emotional presence, it reminds me of the feeling of awe and mystery I have when looking at tribal masks from Papua New Guinea. His work always feels like it is still in the process of becoming, slowly shifting and transforming right in front of your eyes, it breathes."

Candice Tripp

London, UK

"Tripp’s narratives are secretive, disturbing, and deeply magical and make me want to see the next scene or event, even if it is unsettling. Her characters and world are extremely unique and as soon as you feel you know where the story is going, there is always and unexpected twist and surprise that only Tripp’s work can deliver."

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