Philip Van Keuren: Murmurations
Forty Copperplate Photogravures
Featured March 24 - May 14
"Although each work stands on its own the entire body of images (these and ones still to be made) is considered one work of art, much as Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, first published as a pamphlet containing twelve poems, grew to encompass hundreds of poems under the same title.
Poet Robert Hass has said of art images: “They marry the world, but do not claim to possess it, and in this they have the power and the limitations of intimate knowledge.” For me these gravures “marry the world” by making apparent the visual and mnemonic complexity inherent in the things and places observed with a sense of gravitas?addressing issues of memory, mortality, time, distance, and luminosity, and the fleeting nature of existence. Hopefully they create an emblematic world of studied simplicity punctuated by silence, containing the noetic suggestiveness of “things” that may appear oddly familiar to the observer yet remain ineluctably strange, perhaps even beautiful."
-Philip Van Keuren