Born 1962 in Bronxville, New York. Lives in New York City.
Erin O’Keefe is a visual artist and an architect. Her work explores both the specific properties of photography and many of the material and theoretical concerns of architecture. She is in conversation with a lineage of photographers from Florence Henri and others in the early 20th century to Barbara Kasten, who started exhibiting in the early 1970s, to contemporaries who are also examining photography on an elemental level specific to the digital age.
Erin O’Keefe (b. 1962, Bronxville, NY) lives in New York City. O’Keefe received a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University. The artist’s work has been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally at Wave Hill, The Photographer’s Gallery (London), Seventeen Gallery (London), The Wing (Washington D.C.), Albada Jelgersma Gallery (Amsterdam), Transmitter Gallery, McKenzie Fine Art, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Morgan Lehman Gallery, and Sandra Gering Inc., among others. O’Keefe was awarded the 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship in Photography. O’Keefe’s work has been reviewed or featured in Artforum, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Vogue, VICE Magazine, The Huffington Post, Collector Daily, Artspace Magazine, Artsy Magazine, and Paper Journal.
Erin O’Keefe participated in Virtual—Denny Dimin Gallery’s new series of exhibitions presented exclusively online. The limited run exhibitions complement our IRL programming at the gallery and fairs with a small selections of artworks. Behind-the-scenes videos bring the immediate experience of art viewing online for a remote audience.
Eye to Eye, a Virtual Exhibition, includes three new photographs by Erin O’Keefe and will run concurrently with her exhibition Seeing Things at the New York gallery.
The three photographs, Pink Push, Threesome, and Esther, are emblematic of the artist’s current work, an ongoing series called Built Work. The video produced for the exhibition is a behind-the-scenes look into O’Keefe’s studio process, where you can watch her arrange the wooden blocks and painted boards that she sets up so precisely to create her final, two-dimensional compositions. Surrounded by her workspace and reference materials, O’Keefe speaks openly about her practice and background.