Exclusive On-Line Exhibition of 24 Works PLUS a one day Pop-Up Show in Glen Ellen on Sunday March 1st featuring 10 works to experience in person.
DON'T MISS THE POP-UP SHOW AND RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST ON SUNDAY MARCH 1ST, 2-6PM IN GLEN ELLEN, WHILE WE ALSO CELEBRATE OUR GALLERY'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY. Event is FREE but must RSVP. For more information and to RSVP before February 26th, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
At first approach, Jeff Key’s sculptures seem to be mere assemblages of found wood elements, objects nature created for the artist to play with. But on further contemplation, the human manipulation is revealed in layers: interrogation, reaction and a need to express deeply felt observation of the interaction of humans with life on our planet.
Key, who received an M.F.A from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1972, also has a B.A. in Communications and Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and his work illustrates his concerns with anthropology, sociology, psychology and political and physical sciences.
“My work over the past thirty years has focused on “theories of evolution” with allegorical and metaphorical references to the past, present and future”, Key tells us. “In examining questions of evolution, I have taken into consideration aspects of birth and death, rites of passage, war and power, transportation, shelter, food/water sources, communication and the biotechnical revolution.”
We need to view these “Vessels” in their abstracted form, “a cross-cultural, and at times totemic form, which represents human presence and the cycle of life.” In addition to the thoughtful aspect of Jeff Key’s sculptures, we are presented with the extraordinary skill of this maker with a talent for helping his interventions disappear behind the sheer beauty of the natural elements of wood and flax skin. Each part blends in perfectly with the next, so the eye rests while the mind is free to imagine.
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