2012 – 2014
The genesis for this series was the Chuck Close catalog, that Keyes photographed in 1998 for the widely applauded Collective Memory series.
Sourcing images from books and the internet, and often inspired by portraits experienced in person, Keyes selects images that collectively create an overall representation of each artist’s portraiture work. The resulting photographs reshape the work of such iconic names as Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Martin Schoeller and Frida Kahlo. Beyond the subject of the portrait itself, Keyes is most interested in the cognitive impression left after seeing the work. Keyes’ work proposes that the brain creates collections of layered images over time, not individual snapshots of moments like a camera.
The Portrait series continues the artist's sophisticated use of multiple exposure; an artistic paradigm that he has steadfastly cultivated over the course of some twenty years.
IMAGE SIZES VARY:
12.5" x 10" to 37" x 30"
Archival Pigment Print, face-mounted to UV Plexi