This weekend, on January 15th from 8-11, I will have the opening of my first solo photo exhibition at the beautiful Known Gallery on Fairfax in Los Angeles.
I have been working tirelessly on this collection of images and installations, and my friends Brendan Lynch and Sage Vaughn will also be showing work in the Project room. I got a good look at the final prints the other day before they were sent off to the framer and I can’t begin to say how excited I was to see the body of work all together in its final stages. It was a mix of pure joy and excitement as tears almost filled my eyes as we rolled open the images, one by one, my face grinning ear to ear as each passed by. The gallery is beautiful and the installation is going to be amazing. Please come out and hang, have a drink, find me, say hi, and enjoy the night with a bunch of us.
Thanks to EVERYONE for all the support, including everyone who checks this site out. Below are some words describing the motivation for this collection of images.
“The ocean is and always has been the epicenter of my existence on this planet. I am an aquanaut on a thruster in this ever amazing and boundless liquid energy. I have optimized and streamlined my life to ensure maximum time gliding across water. Every choice and relationship, all decisions and waking thoughts (and most dreams) are influenced and infused by the pull of the tides, the whiff of an offshore breeze, and the lucid corduroy lines gracefully stampeding
towards the coast.
I go to the sea to surf, to bond with friends or to be alone, to let out aggression or to find inner peace. The moving ocean is my solid ground. The moment one stands up on a board, propelled by a wave racing across the sea, one is only aware of the present – nothing else. I have never found any other way to achieve that absolutely pure and meditative mindstate.
Open Space is my expression of the state one falls into while floating weightless off shore, looking out to sea, hoping and waiting for the next set. Troubles are isolated far away on the unreality of land, while you are free in the truest reality of water. It is a timeless unspoilable state that cannot be ruined, not even by the angry local that may be slashing your tires and waxing your windows simply because he doesn’t want to share some waves. To a surfer it’s an understandable
act of necessary evil to keep an ungoverned subculture in form, and from it breaking into full bore beachblanket-bingo havoc.
Open Space is a collection of images, collages, and installations that evoke the balance in my life.”
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KEEGAN GIBBS: OPEN SPACE
with INSTALLATIONS by SAGE VAUGHN and BRENDAN LYNCH
Opens to public: January 15, 2011
Runs: January 15 – February 5, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 15, 8-11pm
441 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
KNOWN GALLERY PRESENTS “OPEN SPACE” PHOTOGRAPHER KEEGAN GIBBS’ FIRST SOLO SHOW
Keegan Gibbs has traveled all over the world in his role as one of the principal photographers for the Seventh Letter graffiti crew, so it is only natural that the Known Gallery chose to host his debut photography exhibit. Known Gallery director Casey Zoltan comments “I really respect his work ethic and his dedication to capturing the moment at any cost.” Fear has no place when shooting images of the renowned Seventh Letter artists in action fifty feet above ground at 2 AM whilst dodging headlights and billy clubs. Likewise fear has no place while shooting film in the treacherous and sometimes deceptively peaceful oceans of the world, the featured subject of this exhibit called OPEN SPACE.
Keegan, an avid lifelong surfer, explains his attraction to the water and the concept behind the large format prints in OPEN SPACE: “The ocean is the epicenter of my existence on this planet. I am an aquanaut on a thruster in this ever amazing and boundless source of liquid energy. For me every choice and relationship, all decisions and waking thoughts (and most dreams) are influenced and infused by the pull of the tides, the whiff of an offshore breeze, and the lucid corduroy lines gracefully stampeding towards the coast. Open Space is a collection of images, collages, and installations that evoke that balance in my life.”
ABOUT KEEGAN GIBBS: Born in a family of artists, Keegan Gibbs was literally skateboarding and bicycling while still in diapers (his parents have video to prove it). Raised by the ocean, this aquatic biped found the best way to express his love of all things salt water, was through photography. When not shooting, his main goal is to surf as much as he possibly can and to find the hollowest tube, the longest wave, and the most crackable lip.
ABOUT SAGE VAUGHN:
b 1976 in Jackson, Oregon – Lives and works in Los Angeles – Goofyfoot
Solo show at Lazarides opening May 5, 2011
ABOUT BRENDAN LYNCH:
School of Visual Arts, BFA 2009
2010, Press Release, Martos gallery, New York, NY
2010, While it Lasts, Still House studio, New york, NY
2010, Volume, AT1 projects, Los Angeles, CA Curated by Andrea Neustein
2010, Worth, 211 Elizabeth St. , New York, Ny
2010, Objects that love you back, 211 Elizabeth St. , New york, NY
2009, Still House, Rental Gallery, New York, NY
2009, The Open, Deitch Projects, Long Island City, NY
2009, MIXTAPE, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
2009, New Deal, Art Production Fund, New York, NY Curated by Matthew Moreveck and Kyle Thurman
2008, Here Goes Nothing, The National Arts Club, New York, NY
ABOUT KNOWN GALLERY:
Founded in 2003 by Casey Zoltan, instigator of the world renown art collective,
The Seventh Letter. After curating major traveling art tours in Italy, France, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Spain and the US,
Zoltan decided to settle in his native Los Angeles. Known is a 5500 sq ft space with gleaming white floors in the heart
of the Fairfax District. (knowngallery.com)
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441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Hours during shows:
Wednesday thru Saturday: 12 – 7pm
Sunday: 12 – 6pm