KEEP Contemporary’s 3rd Annual Abstract Art Invitational Group Show features a wide range of abstract and and surrealist work created by 25 artists, including Shakti Kroopkin, Dirk Van Lach, Sergio Moyano, Lea Anderson and Zac “Wonky” Hyde.
“For me, the imagination explores the interaction between what is real and what can be imagined,” explains surrealist artist and poet J. Karl Bogartte, who has two works in the show.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bogartte moved to Santa Fe six years ago “on a whim.”
He grew up drawing and doing a lot of photography, eventually earning a degree at the Milwaukee Center For Photography.
“The visual works I make are photo-based digital collages created in Photoshop,” he says. “I use printed media scanned into the computer. There are many layers, cloning and erasures. This allows taking the essence of collage quite beyond cut and paste. It becomes a much more fluid conjuration of matter, transforming the everyday into a magical space where anything is possible.”
For Albuquerque artist David Kappy, whose work explores color, texture, and movement, the creative process is exciting and challenging.
“Recently, I have been interested in its ability to bring on a meditative state,” he says. “Each stroke is a prayer, a declaration of love.”
Many of Kappy’s pieces touch on themes of unity, identity and consciousness. “I draw inspiration from ethnographic art, op art, roller skating, psychedelic experiences, textiles, my wife and daughter and my creative community,” he adds.
An artist, curator and gallerist who is the co-founder of the design gallery Relic, Kappy says painting and skateboarding were his salvation during his teen years growing up in Albuquerque.
“They provided me with a sense of purpose and saved me from my own self-destructive tendencies,” he explains. “My urge to create has fluctuated but never ceased. I have always strived to explore new media, ideas and techniques.”