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Erin O'Keefe

(Not So) Still Life 
Glyndor Gallery | April 5–July 4 

Erin O’Keefe, Things As They Are #6, 2015, archival pigment print, 20” x 16”. Courtesy of the artist and Denny Gallery, New York, NY

Grounded in the history of photography and in her architectural training, Erin O’Keefe’s photographs rely on the optical illusion generated by transforming three-dimensional arrangements into a two-dimensional image plane. She uses abstraction and formalism to make images that investigate the nature of spatial perception. In her process, O’Keefe photographs painted boards and tinted Plexiglas that she has arranged into deceptively simple color compositions. By exploiting the distortions that
emerge from the differences between the way that the camera captures a scene and how the eye sees it, these assemblages of geometric shapes and lines achieve a seductive combination of still life and architectural illusion. 

O’Keefe’s photographic compositions have been featured in solo exhibitions at Denny Gallery, New York, NY; and Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA; as well as in recent group exhibitions at the Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA; Gallery Jones, Vancouver, Canada; Forum Art Space,
Cleveland, OH; Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY; Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY; and Austin Center for Photography, Austin, TX; among others. O’Keefe earned an MArch from Columbia University and a BFA from Cornell University.

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.