June 14th, 2014 Has Been Officially Proclaimed STEVE KEENE Day to Celebrate NYC Show
Borough President Eric Adams has proclaimed June 14th, 2014 "Steve Keene's Experience Day" throughout Brooklyn, NY, to celebrate Keene's debut NYC Show at the Brooklyn Public Library. Brooklynites will be treated to a Keene performance experience as he paints in the round, outdoors on the Library's Grand Plaza.
Keene is a prolific artist, with more than 250,000 pieces in public and private collections. He is well known among independent music fans for creating original album artwork, video sets, stage sets and promotional posters for musical artists such as Silver Jews, Pavement, The Apples in stereo, Soul Coughing, Merzbow and The Dave Matthews Band.
From June 14th to August 29th, an exhibition entitled Steve Keene's Brooklyn Experience will feature works in Central Library's Grand Lobby that pay homage to Brooklyn and to BPL, rendered in Keene's Wood Sculpture and Tattooed Plywood. To create these works, Keene draws and models in 3D software that then generates files that are cut by a Computer Numerical Control router into plywood sheets. The output becomes the building blocks for the Wood Sculptures and the engraved drawings that are Tattooed Plywood.
Blick Art Materials / Utrecht Art Supplies have sponsored the event, providing Keene with all paints he will need for his three month residency at Brooklyn Public Library as well as discounts and raffles for prizes to celebrate the opening, which will take place at the Central Library at 10 Grand Army Plaza on Thursday, June 12th from 6 - 8 pm at the Dweck Center Lobby. Please RSVP via email below to attend.
Utrecht's store in Brooklyn will feature a demonstration by Keene on June 18th. The Utrecht Store is located at 536 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205.
Evil Arrows, a new Brooklyn-based indie group formed by Bryan Scary (formerly of his Shredding Tears) bring their dynamic, cranked-up, glam inspired songs to the Plaza for the festivities that day at 1pm. Preview Evil Arrows' two EPs featuring "Last Living Doll" HERE.
"I'm excited about working with Brooklyn Public Library," stated Keene. "A library is like a train station for the mind. It is the point from which you can travel anywhere, everywhere. There is something so energizing about both the familiar and the unknown all at your fingertips waiting for new connections to be made. I try to include this sense of unlimited possibility in my work."