ViVO Contemporary’s new show “Coexisting Realities” explores the many different ways that the gallery’s artists perceive reality through paintings, sculpture, mixed media, kiln glass, assemblage, monoprints and collage.
For Warren Keating, an award-winning painter originally from New Orleans, observing people from above is a revelatory experience. With a video camera in hand, he watches people below him engaged in daily activities.
He’s accumulated countless hours of videos of people in all kinds of places: walking on Hollywood Boulevard, strolling through the streets of Paris and sauntering around Santa Fe’s plaza. He’s even videoed people looking at paintings in galleries.
“Somewhere on a bridge or a hotel balcony, you’ll find me capturing video of unsuspecting figures walking below,” Keating explains. “Later in my studio you can find me pouring through frame after frame of the video footage to find the perfect moment of weight shift, swing of the arm or tilt of the head, which I feverishly paint, covering large canvases with thick paint depicting an overhead view of a walking figure in an urban setting.
“I capture in my paintings what can be considered banal moments in people’s lives, like watching people simply walk down a street,” he continues. “I find these ordinary experiences actually beautiful and interesting.”
Among the other works in the show are a mixed media piece with teabags in it by Ann Laser, altered books by Joy Campbell, oil on canvas paintings by Rachel Darnell and kiln glass pieces by Barrie Brown.