Erin O'Keeffe: Built Work


If you're not familiar with the work of Erin O'Keeffe you can easily mistake her photographs for paintings. Smooth-surfaced paintings, with an intense but exquisitely tuned palette and dynamic abstract compositions. In her latest series "Built Work" O’Keefe is using light and simple blocks of painted wood to create sculptures in a sense, but they’re not autonomous; they cannot exist without the photograph. With a digital 35mm camera and a shallow focus she conjures a palpable realm of space and air, a colorful gravitas. 

As she states in her bio "I am a photographer and an architect, and my work is informed by both of these disciplines. My background in architecture is the underpinning for my art practice, providing my first sustained exposure to the issues and questions that I contend with in my photographs. The questions that I ask through my work are about the nature of spatial perception, and the tools that I use are rooted in the abstract, formal language of making that I developed as an architect."

All photos © Erin O'Keeffe