FATHERS, BROTHERS, SONS // ARTIST TALK
Friday, May 13, 2016
16 W. North Avenue
Fathers, Brothers, Sons
Curated by MICA Curatorial Practice
Class of 2017
Opening Friday, May 6, 6-9pm
Artist Talk Friday, May 13, 6pm
On view May 6-15, 2016
16 W. North Ave.
Keane's painting, Untitled (Rik and Nick), 2013, featured by MICA Curatorial Practice:
meghan.keane.studio is pleased to announce that Untitled (Rik and Nick, Brooklyn) has been selected for inclusion in the upcoming group show, Fathers, Brothers, Sons, curated by MICA Curatorial Practice '17.
Fathers, Brothers, Sons explores 21st century male identity, from youth to adulthood. Eighteen artists look beyond conventional male gender roles in contemporary society to consider questions on sex, intimacy, domesticity, race, and privilege.
Opening Friday, May 6, 6-9pm
On view May 6-15, 2016
16 W. North Ave.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Meghan Keane: Displacement
March 1-26, 2016
Opening Reception + Book Launch:
Thursday, March 10, 6-8pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm, and by appointment
Equity Gallery, 245 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002
New York, New York, February 4, 2016 – Equity Gallery is pleased to announce Displacement, a solo exhibition of Meghan Keane running from March 1 through March 26, 2016, with an opening reception for the public on Thursday, March 10, 6-8pm. This is the artist’s New York gallery debut.
For Equity Gallery’s fourth exhibition, Keane presents paintings featuring Colombian refugees whom she painted while staying in the outskirts of Bogotá. Keane’s oeuvre explores the possibility of painting individuals who are under-represented in this medium. Displacement also features video projections of the artist’s painting process and first person narratives of her subjects’ experiences. She reframes the artist-subject relationship and the viewer’s a priori expectation of what subjecthood (literally) looks like.
Keane’s sitters participated in the project with the hope that it would draw attention to the people who have become displaced due to the ongoing violence in Colombia. They wanted to be part of something bigger than themselves and hoped these paintings would raise awareness of the important work of the foundation they lived at, Fundación Colombia Nuevos Horizontes (FCNH). Run by former refugee Marino Rivera, the foundation provides food, temporary housing and social services guidance to a daily influx of people rendered homeless because they are targeted with acts or threats of violence and helps them transition to a new life in Colombia. Since 2006, the foundation has helped over 3600 displaced people.
Keane’s interest in respectfully honoring her sitters permeates all aspects of the work. She structured this project with contracts mandating that the foundation receive 50% commission on net sales from this body of work. As hoped, this unconventional fiscal partnership between artist and subject has already had profound social impact -- one painting acquired by a private collector in Zurich underwrote the foundation’s operating expenses for two months.
On the occasion of this exhibition, Equity Gallery and MKS Press are co-publishing a monograph, Meghan Keane: Displacement, Desplazamiento. With essay contributions by critics Jill Conner (AS | Artists Studios, Whitehot Magazine) and Jonathan Goodman (Art in America, Brooklyn Rail), anthropologist Sebastián Ramírez Hernández (Princeton University), Carolina Rubio MacWright (immigration lawyer, political artist, Bogotá native) and site photographer Laura Moretti, the monograph situates Keane's paintings as powerfully humanizing gestures amidst the complex Colombian and Latin American socio-political landscape, in addition to positioning her firmly as a significant contributor to contemporary social practice discourse. Keane's paintings are indicative of a larger push by painters to re-value paint as an expressive and democratizing medium. Signed copies of the monograph will be available for sale during the opening reception and book launch on Thursday, March 10.
In addition, Equity Gallery will host a panel discussion on Friday, March 11, an adult drawing workshop Friday, March 18, and a family drawing workshop followed by an evening musical performance on Saturday, March 26, in conjunction with this exhibition. Details for these events will be announced on Equity Gallery’s website.
Meghan Keane is an American painter and printmaker born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is increasingly known for her unexpected, peripatetic approach to generating work. Her paintings have been published in the New York Times and four prints of work from Displacement are on long-term display at Princeton University. Keane was trained at Parsons The New School for Design, Brooklyn College, USFQ Ecuador and Université de Paris. Keane has lived and worked in New York since 2001.
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meghan.keane.studio is excited to share that Keane has been invited to be a guest critic at Parsons (architecture), Pratt (relief printmaking), and Brooklyn College (lithography) this review season.
Keane was invited by curator and founder of Pop Up Art Event, Juliet Silva Yee, to present her Soacha paintings and Pas de Deux Project at Feed Five Ideas POP-UP.
This event is hosted by Juliet Silva Yee, Emmett McCarthy and Rio Hamilton.
AS | Artists Studios announced today: "Meghan Keane has scaled the globe, and now AS | Artists Studios, with her ongoing portrait series Pas de Deux that evolved from Project Nihon/sustainable art travel."
Keane's work is now included on AS - Artists Studios the contemporary art platform that showcases the strongest non-represented art in New York City and Paris.
Art critic and AS founder Jill Conner wrote the short essay review of Keane's work and vision. She is in great company with NYC artist colleagues Ernest Concepcion and LaThoriel Badenhausen, among others.
View the work + read the review
MKS is pleased to announce that a selection of Keane's Colombian refugee portraits have been chosen by Princeton University to be included in their newest building on campus.
Four paintings have been selected for reproduction and were flown in and installed earlier this month. This announcement is a long time coming--collaborators Sebastian Ramirez (PhD Anthropology candidate, Princeton University), Marino Rivera (Fundacion Colombia Nuevos Horizontes director) and MKS have been waiting to share the news since the work was selected last fall.
Please join us in celebrating the honor of having work on long-term display at Princeton -- for both the artist and for the individuals who volunteered to pose for these paintings. These sitters (many of whom are now friends) almost unanimously did so with the hope that it would draw attention to the situation of people just like them, who have become displaced due to the ongoing armed conflict in the country. They wanted to be part of something bigger than themselves, and hoped their participation in these paintings would draw attention to the important work of Marino Rivera's foundation, which provides them all with housing and services while transitioning to a post-displacement life. Keane structured the project and its contracts so that the foundation receives 50% commission on all sales from this body of work; currently the Abuela (below, far left) has sold and is in a private collection in Zurich, Switzerland. This project was independently funded by MKS (meghan.keane.studio) and gallery LIA LAB in Bogota, Colombia, run by Rodrigo Facundo. This series is currently being submitted to museums and public collections, and is being turned into an art book.
Meghan Keane, 2013
Untitled (Abuela, A., S.+O., Don Diego) | 60 x 36 inches each | acrylic on canvas
MKS client, [words] Bookstore, was recently featured in an article published on The Village Green. The article showcases the window display of hand-painted, custom-designed shopping bags, created by Keane.
This week Keane's painting Untitled (Rik and Nick), 36 x 72 inches, 2013, was selected for display in the staging of a multimillion dollar West Village brownstone in anticipation of it going on the market Friday. The work was chosen by a private staging and design firm in New York City. The painting is prominently featured in the library. In addition, multiple other works by Keane already part of the current owners' private collection (dating 2003-2005) are displayed on the penthouse and garden floors.
Keane was welcomed back as guest critic at Parsons The New School for Design, for mid-term reviews of the undergraduate senior interior design studio. Students are halfway though the design of a multi-program space (museum/gallery, cafe, archives) for the New School art collection; studio is led by architect Wid Chapman.
Keane is also a guest critic for Parsons second year graduate architecture student mid-term later this month; studio led by architect Kimberly Ackert, designer of The Museum at FIT exhibition Dance and Fashion, on view through January 2015.
Keane was guest critic today at Parsons The New School for Design, for first week reviews of the senior ID studio. The studio focus is the design of a multi-program space (museum/gallery, cafe, archives) for the New School art collection; studio led by architect Wid Chapman.
The artist spent the month of May in Paris, with a short detour to Spain, for the destination painting arm of her just-launched PAS DE DEUX PROJECT. Couples were invited to participate in the project and sit for a destination painting--like a destination wedding, but for a painting instead. A few individuals were included, as well as a few still lifes, interiors, and landscapes related to a particular sitter. The month was a much larger success than imagined. The goal was to create eight destination paintings of couples. In the end, twenty one paintings were created and all were acquired. The paintings live with ecstatic collectors in Oregon, Brooklyn, Normandy, Médan, Paris 9me, Paris 3me, Paris 11me, Paris 16me, and Barcelona in their respective private collections.
Quotes and images from this unprecedented project can be found at PASDEDEUXPROJECT.COM
Last week on Kate & Bear blog, Mila Matveeva shared for the first time 35mm black and white photographs shot during + after her session as painting muse. The photos are a beautiful testament to Mila's own creative eye. Mila is a photographer, curator, and frequent presence at unconventional venues, such as Brooklyn's new talent locus, Silent Barn.
The Secret Language of Color co-authors - Arielle Eckstut and Joann Eckstut - will be talking about the use of color in bookstores at the American Bookseller Association's conference in Seattle this week. They recently collaborated with m.k.s client, [words] Bookstore, and the studio is thrilled that images of the award-winning window design and custom, hand painted [words] wall make an appearance in their presentation to the ABA crowd.
Their recent book, The Secret Language of Color, is stunning eye candy for artists and book lovers alike. Get your copy through [words] and contact the studio if you'd like us to procure you a signed copy.