“I’m interested in finding/discovering/choreographing moments of uncertainty that exist in the image, but not in the ‘real’ spatial condition,” says Erin O’Keefe, erstwhile architecture professor turned full-time photographer of vision-confounding images. “You are left with just the image and its wrongness—you can never backtrack to compare, although the question of how it was made is still present.”
Erin O’Keefe featured in the Winter Issue of the Paris Review! Check out the portfolio along with an essay by Kate Tarker.
Erin O’Keefe continues to trick the eye with her bewildering photography
Erin O’Keefe is no stranger to It’s Nice That. She first graced our screens in 2014 and again in 2015 – like magpies we were instantly drawn to the bright colours and structural geometry that features throughout her work. And now she returns with her latest series, Built Work.
5 Artists Whose Instagram Accounts Are Just as Vivid, Colorful, and Bold as Their Artworks
Take a look at how these top artists are documenting their works on social media.
Artists and Instagram: has there ever been a better pairing? It’s almost like the photo-sharing service was designed for creators to show off their wares. And not only that: Instagram also allows outsiders to get behind-the-scenes access to studios, works in progress, cultural inspirations, and the artworks artists are seeing and liking in museums and galleries.
Read on Robb Report. With its rose-hued walls and girl-power programming, the Wing has become something of a legend in its own time. Since the club first opened in Manhattan’s Flatiron District in 2016, it has been regularly revered, occasionally mocked (all that pink!), and even investigated by a human rights group for its women-only policy. But the Wing, which now counts four locations in New York City and Washington, D.C., and is preparing to open two more outposts in California—both of which are…Read More
A Painter’s Photographer: Erin O’Keefe’s Bewitching Shapes By R.C. Baker May 15, 2018 Read in The Village Voice. When I first walked into the gallery, I mistook Erin O’Keefe’s photographs for smooth-surfaced paintings, with an intense but exquisitely tuned palette and dynamic abstract compositions. Everything about them — the triangular shadows cast across two emerald-green rectangles by a mottled yellow crosspiece — recalled the way a painting’s built-up strokes impart a sense of time passing, of long sessions in the…Read More
Some of our clients are seasoned collectors, and some are just starting out, and we often rely on Denny Gallery to bring us artists who extend our vision from concept to reality. Their fresh and current perspective brings an excitement to the design process.
Denny Gallery is launching a new weekly series featuring some of our creative clients and partners. Find out what they do and why they collect. We will feature them on the News page of our website and in a few social media posts throughout the week. They will also curate a selection of their favorite artworks available in Shop Denny Gallery. You can follow these stories at #gallerymeetsworld No. 1: Katharine Earnhardt of Mason Lane Art Advisory Services Katharine Earnhardt…Read More
Erin O’Keefe By: Jeff Gibson Summer 2017. Vo. 55. No. 10.
Erin O’Keefe, Book of Days @Denny By Loring Knoblauch, May 1, 2017 Read on Collector Daily. JTF (just the facts): A total of 15 color and black and white photographs, framed in white and unmatted, and hung against white walls in the two room gallery space. All of the works are archival pigment prints mounted on museum board, made in 2016 and 2017. Physical sizes are either 20×16, 25×20, or 40×32, and all of the prints are available in editions…Read More
The Phenomenon of Light and Shadow: A Q&A with Erin O’Keefe BY TAYLOR DAFOE | APRIL 24, 2017 Read on Blouin Artinfo. Picking up in the tradition of still life photographers such as Barbara Kasten and Jan Groover, as well as sculptors like Brancusi and David Smith who used photography to explore the perspectival limitations of their own work, Erin O’Keefe makes pictures that reinvent physical space. She creates sculptures in a sense, but they’re not autonomous; they cannot exist…Read More
“A Door-Shattering Breakthrough at Denny Gallery’s Pop-Up ‘The City & The City’” by Emily Colucci, July 8, 2016 Read on Art F City Nothing underscores the fraught tensions of gentrification quite like the deafening sound of a large glass door shattering behind you. Moments after I entered Denny Gallery’s East Broadway pop-up space this Wednesday, the gallery’s door splintered with a bang and a startling crack. Fragmenting into a wall of tiny shards, the broken door trapped the gallerists and…Read More
Things As They Are: An Interview with Erin O’Keefe Read on Wave Hill Blog. Posted on May 31, 2016 Danni Shen, Curatorial Fellow in Visual Arts, organizes and interprets exhibitions at Wave Hill. (Not So) Still Life, on view in Glyndor Gallery through July 4, 2016, presents novel ways that contemporary artists are transforming the still life genre to engage with current culture. Grounded in the history of photography and in her architectural training, Erin O’Keefe’s photographs rely on the…Read More
Read on Artspace. Meet the Artist: A Few Questions for Architect-Photographer Erin O’Keefe, on Creating “Cubist Space” With the Camera By Karen Rosenberg April 27, 2016 NAME: Erin O’Keefe AGE: 53 HOMETOWN: New York City BASE OF OPERATIONS: New York City MEDIUM OF CHOICE: Photography is my medium of choice, but I make sculptural arrangements as the subject of my photographs—so although there are some other media involved along the way, the final product is always a photograph. WHY I MAKE…Read More
Read on Musee Magazine. April 23, 2016 (NOT SO) STILL LIFE AT WAVE HILL (Not So) Still Life presents novel ways that contemporary artists are transforming the still life genre to engage with current culture. As a subject, the still life gained popularity in the Early Renaissance as an alternative to landscape, portraiture or religious subjects. Compositions of natural and inanimate objects were often presented with allegorical connotations. Today, artists are creating new variations by working in photography and sculpture…Read More
February 01, 2016 —
The Flatness A Conversation with American Photographer Erin O’Keefe By Hudson Brown, February Issue Erin O’Keefe is an American photographer who has beautifully translated her two decades experience as an architect into her image making. View article HERE.
Read in The New Yorker. Printed in the October 5, 2015 Issue. ERIN O’KEEFE September 9, 2015 – October 10, 2015 Photographs of geometric arrangements of painted boards and tinted Plexiglas will inevitably draw comparisons to Barbara Kasten’s influential oeuvre. O’Keefe, a New York artist and architect, nods to Kasten (and to Eileen Quinlan and Sara VanDerBeek) but stakes her own claim to the territory—call it Bauhaus playhouse—in a series of seductively simple color images. Using reflected light and overlapping colors,…Read More
Read on Style No Chaser. HOLY SHIT! Erin O’Keefe at Denny Gallery By Efrem Zelony-Mindell, October 4, 2015 Leaving Erin O’Keefe’s studio, facing a long train ride home, I opened my issue of Art In America. Two pages in and wait – what am I doing? I want to start writing about O’Keefe! Her light and color drive a hunger inside, and to feast on her elaborate constructions reward. Establishing depth, and weight for a two dimensional surface is no…Read More
September 26, 2015 —
Watch on Gorky’s Granddaughter Erin O’Keefe at Denny Gallery, Sept 2015 By Zachary Keeting, Posted on September 25, 2015
September 17, 2015 —
Read on Collector Daily. Erin O’Keefe, Things as They Are @Denny By Loring Knoblauch, September 15, 2015 JTF (just the facts): A total of 13 color photographs, framed in white and unmatted, and hung against white walls in the two room gallery space. All of the works are archival pigment prints mounted on museum board or Sintra, and were made in 2015. The ten prints in the main gallery (from the Things As They Are series) are each sized 20×16,…Read More
September 11, 2015 —
Read on PDN Erin O’Keefe: Perspective, Light, Color September 9, 2015 Photographer Erin O’Keefe is fascinated by the way the camera “translates a three-dimensional subject into two-dimensional image.” A licensed architect who made sculptures before she devoted herself to photography about five years ago, O’Keefe composes the elements in her still lifes in a way that confuses perspective. Images in her newest series, “Things as They Are,” opening tonight at Denny Gallery in New York, are elegantly simple: They are…Read More
September 09, 2015 —
Read on Paper Journal Studio Visit: Erin O’Keefe Interview by Matthew Leifheit, Published September 9, 2015 Erin O’Keefe is a studio artist who has taken 800 pictures of a corner in her studio since last year. It’s not that she finds the corner itself particularly beautiful, it’s just a space that—when customised with very deliberate combinations of colours and materials, lit precisely, and photographed in an exacting way—can transcend its materials and become an otherworldly experience that challenges traditional perceptions…Read More
View on Art Haps
Read on Collector Daily. Frameshift @Denny Gallery By Loring Knoblauch/ In Galleries/ June 27, 2014 JTF (just the facts): A group show containing a total of 11 works by 6 different artists/photographers, generally framed in white and unmatted, and hung against white walls in the two room gallery space. The show was curated by useful pictures (here). The following artists/photographers have been included in the show, with the number of works on view and image details as background: Lorne Blythe: 2 archival inkjet prints…Read More
Read on Musee Magazine. FRAMESHIFT AT DENNY GALLERY Denny Gallery presents “Frameshift,” curated by useful pictures, an artist-run investigation into the future of photographic practice. “Frameshift” focuses on the blending of classic photography and the digital world. The images are each manipulated via encoding, scanning, embedding or altering context. Artists featured include Barry Stone, Lorne Blythe, Heather Cleary, Erin O’Keefe, Pieter Schoolwerth and Wendy White. Barry Stone alters the coded data itself pulled from a digital photograph in order to corrupt…Read More