cities grown on petri dishes

About the artist

Colin Keefe (born Boston, MA) received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Washington University.  

Recent solo exhibitions include Robert Henry Contemporary, New York, NY, Abington Arts Center, Jenkintown, PA, and RHV Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY.  His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Village Voice, Bushwick Daily, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia City Paper, Toronto Globe and News, LA Times, Sculpture Magazine, and Title Magazine.

In addition to his studio practice, Keefe has been curating since 1995 – first, as co-director of 57 Hope in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY (1995-2001), and currently as co-director of Mount Airy Contemporary(2009-present).

What the critics say

"[Keefe's drawings] portray a cosmology akin to that described by physicist James Jeans: “The universe looks more and more like a great thought rather than a great machine.” - Sam Newhouse,

"[Keefe's drawings] appear as a midpoint between aerial shots of urban areas and bacterial cultures. It’s as if a large swath of land from the islands in Dubai somehow began to grow on its own volition. Sections of the patterns are organized into grids and right angles, but as the eye follows their path, they begin to melt into more winding and biological masses." - Chip Schwartz,

"[Keefe is] playing with daft, seductive ideas whose time may have come, again." - Holland Cotter, The New York Times


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