Ontology of Influence: Ron Leax and Alumni Exhibition
Liza Simmons Allen
Des Lee Gallery
St. Louis MO
January 8 through February 21, 2016
Opening reception: January 8, 2016, 6-9pm
In Methods for Breeding Urban Systems, his second exhibition with the gallery, Colin Keefe draws, in ink on paper, meticulously crafted plan and perspectival views of fictitious built environments constructed with design principles gathered from diverse sources such as the reproductive processes found in microbiology and astronomy, urban planning and architectural theory.
Although sometimes he begins each drawing with a set of parameters that detail a process of development, his obsessive depictions of layered metaphorical urban growths usually begin at random. Keefe says, “I may have something in mind for a particular drawing, a set of challenges or obstacles that I plan to introduce into the drawing that I then have to respond to, but in general the way the drawing progresses is incremental and organic…one mark acts as a biological progenitor for the next.” Each "seed", a city block, begins to interact with its environment and as the drawing "grows", clusters of city blocks build larger neighborhoods randomly, oozing here or spurting there.
In the same way that a gathering of ants acting autonomously create a colony, each line in the drawing creates shapes and patterns that in turn act visually on its neighbors and collectively constitutes the visual experience of the drawing. This bottom-up aggregation and interaction of parts is a metaphor for the self-organizing principles found in nature and provide Keefe a method to create the drawing.
Using a biological interpretation of a city's evolution as metaphor, each drawing resembles a microscope slide teaming with life. A natural selection for architecture reminiscent of biogenesis, the ancient Greek idea that living things could spontaneously come into being from nonliving matter, Keefe's complex adaptive drawings display emergent behaviors and are a visual exploration of theories of self-organization, emergence and complexity.
Doing it Yourself: Art, Life, and Creating Opportunities
The Galleries at Arcadia University are pleased to present “Doing it Yourself: Art, Life, and Creating Opportunities”, a lecture by Andrea Wohl Keefe and Colin Keefe, co-directors of Mount Airy Contemporary.
Phillip Adams Kim Altomare Timothy Belknap
John A. Benigno Greg Biché Jim Biglan
Kenneth Blumberg Lisa Boughter Gregory Brellochs
Linda Brenner Jeff Brown Jen Brown
Sinead Cahill Lynne Campbell Mariel Capanna
Edward Carey Salvatore Cerceo Jacintha Clark
Alex Cohen Lewis Colburn John Costanza
Jenny Cox Marianne Dages Alexander Danta
Kristin Deady Tim Eads Elaine Erne
Raphael Fenton-Spaid Ryan Foley Cari Freno
Jesse Friedman Michael Garrity Nancy Heilemann
Morgan Hobbs Marilyn Holsing Sarah Hunter
Ben Jones Tom Judd Ritva Kangasperko
Colin Keefe Tina C. LeCoff Nicholas Lenker
Kathryn Lien D. Read Lockhart Alice Norman Mandel
Michelle Marcuse Erick Miller James Mueller
Mary Murphy Erin Murray J.A. Panetta
Caitlin Peck Zachary Pritchard Amy Ritter
Lindsay M. Robbins Alexander Rosenberg Diane Ross
Justin Rubich Laura Sallade Jonathan Santoro
Steve Scheuring Dan Schimmel Emily Schnellbacher
Celeste Schor Keith Sharp Sterling Shaw
Kathran Siegel Almut Simins Miriam Singer
Robert Small Holly Smith Doug Smock
Fay Stanford Kimberly Stemler Kate Stewart
Alison Stigora Karen Stone Lucia Thome
Alexis Thompson Jim Ulrich Madelene Varalli
Erica Volpe Jon Weary Justin Webb
Bea Weidner Virginia Leigh Werrell Ashley Wick
June 15th – August 31st 2015
Reception for the Artists on
June 27th 2015 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
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