We are huge fans of the work of Kim Keever here at Bib&Sola, and have had a chance to showcase the works on the site in the past. We love this “New Abstraction” series,“formed by paint being allowed to free flow through the water and form volumetric patterns.” Keever has a great essay about the new works as well that we have here for your inspiration.
In the past several years, I have taken an abrupt turn from the landscapes I’ve been making for some time. Though I continue to make new landscapes, in the past few years I have been concentrating on images in the areas of figuration and abstraction, all within the confines of my large water filled aquarium.
The new abstract series also entails a rather unusual way of using the tank. In some of the landscape images I would construct part of the landscape on a table in front of the tank, in the tank, and on a much larger table in back of the tank. Sometimes the dimension from front to back of the model would be more than twelve feet. With the new abstract series I am only using about a half inch to a foot of the space behind the glass in the water filled tank. This new method produces a rather flat surface to the photograph instead of the nineteenth century depth of the landscapes. It also allows me an exploration of new color compositions as well as creating and photographing almost random occurrences as the paint pigment and water mixture flow through the tank. This method allows new freedoms of exploration and creativity I have not had before.
I am calling the images above the pinball series because they are designed in such a way that the paint flows through the water and down the inside of the tank with various barriers placed in the way to make the paint form patterns.
The images below are formed by paint being allowed to free flow through the water and form volumetric patterns.