NYC-based artist Kim Keever makes photographs that double as lush, dreamy landscape paintings, and we bet you’ll be surprised about how he creates them. Each unique landscape is the product of a handcrafted diorama and a 200-gallon fish tank. Keever starts out by building a set from found and sourced materials, placing it either in front of or behind the tank. He then fills the tank with water and gingerly injects paint into the water to create cloud formations. These variant swirls of paint seem emerged from the unknown depths of a primordial swamp, calling to mind some fantastical, post-apocalyptic landscape after Mother Nature has finally taken back the planet. Says Keever, “In terms of environmental degradation, I have always had that in mind with the landscape images. Wherever I travel, I always imagine what it would have been like before the area was populated.”
Keever’s next solo show opens in April at Waterhouse & Dodd in NYC.