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Rob Keller

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Hive Culture: Captivated by the Honeybee
Glyndor Gallery | September 13 – December 1, 2011

Rob Keller’s artistic practice is inseparable from his work as a beekeeper and teacher. Through the Napa Valley Bee Company, he raises awareness about the honeybee and the importance of maintaining strong genetics for indigenous bees to flourish. Keller breeds and cares for bees, managing three large-scale apiaries, teaching sustainable beekeeping and creating art projects that raise awareness about the importance of bees. At Wave Hill, he is exhibiting custom-designed wallpaper and photographs that document the progression of Bee Dollhouse, a sculpture that was an active observation hive over the course of several years. We see the transformation of a domestic icon and children’s toy into a hive, and the radical shift in scale as the dollhouse becomes inhabited by working bees. The hive was exhibited in several art exhibitions and maintained by Keller at his home. One of his recent projects is EMoViTO (the Enormous Mobile Vintage Trailer Observatory), a converted Airstream trailer that is outfitted as mobile observation hive, which he brings to fairs and festivals.

According to Keller, “The bees are working less for my art and I’m working more for the bees.” Keller’s solo exhibitions include Rob Keller: Be(e)ing, presented at the Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA in 2007, and Postmodern Mummy at Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA in 2003. He received an MFA from the University of California at Davis and a BFA from Sonoma State University and trained as a veterinarian technician. In addition to teaching sustainable beekeeping, he also teaches photography.

 

Bee Wallpaper and Images, 2007 (installation view)

Bee Wallpaper and Images, 2007 (installation view)
Wallpaper and photographs
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist

 

Dollhouse Observation Hive, 2007

 

Dollhouse Observation Hive, 2007

Dollhouse Observation Hive, 2007

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The New York Community Trust, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. The institution's operations are made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.