Josh Keyes’ Collision

by Ken HarmanPosted on

#1 – Gnashing
Acrylic on wood
30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
2010

HF Vol. 12 cover artist Josh Keyes opens his latest, and most highly anticipated, solo show later this week (Friday, November 5th) at David B. Smith Gallery in Denver. Entitled “Collision”, the new body of work expounds upon the artist’s vision of a world in which man has been overtaken by nature, a seemingly post-apocalyptic, yet simultaneously hauntingly beautiful, serene yet chaotic environment.

Though Keyes’ subjects remain in similar genus, and though his medium, still his preferred choice of acrylics, “Collision” represents not just a new body of work for the artist, but also an evolution in both narrative and concept. The nine works, when viewed in sequential order, form a storyline of death and rebirth, an analogous parable to the fall of Rome, the coming of the Messiah, the rising of the Phoenix from the ashes. All these fables, legends and history intertwine though the collective conscious to take new shape against Keyes’ stark white backdrops.

We are proud to present an exclusive look into the first seven parts of the nine chapter story, view them here on Hi-Fructose.

#2 – Ambush
Acrylic on wood
30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
2010

#3 – Torn
Acrylic on wood
30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
2010

#4 – Trophy
Acrylic on wood
30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
2010

#5 –
Dancers
Acrylic on wood
30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
2010

#6 – Assemble
Acrylic on wood
30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
2010

#7 – Gestate
Acrylic on wood
30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
2010

Parts 8 and 9, “Throne” and “Emerge”, coming soon.

For further reading on this show, please check out this great interview our friend Sven did for Arrested Motion.

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