Kim Keever works with paint, however he is not a painter. Inside his New York Metropolis studio, dozens of squeeze bottles are scattered on completely different tables, their soapy contents changed with a rainbow of pigments. “These are like my paintbrushes,” Keever says, nodding to the plastic bottles. And within the heart of the room, a 200 gallon tank serves as his canvas.
The artist creates his summary prints by dripping completely different coloured pigments into the tank. The paints swirl round one another and dissipate into colourful clouds that he then pictures with a 100 megapixel digital camera. Keever has made this vibrant water artwork for greater than twenty years, and this month, together with 501 Artwork Books, he’ll publish Water Colours, a monograph of water tank prints that will likely be donated to greater than 500 highschool college students throughout the nation.
Keever’s work is remarkably photogenic regardless of the haphazard course of. “I really like the randomness,” he says. “I do not know what the paint goes to do, what colours are actually going to be distinguished within the outcomes.” Some pigments, like home paint, sink like rocks to the underside of the tank. Others, like ink, drizzle slowly via the water, creating skinny, ethereal strips of coloration.
Keever says it’s practically inconceivable to foretell what’s going to occur when he drips paint into the tank, however he’d know higher than most. Years in the past, Keever studied thermal engineering and spent a summer season at NASA researching how fluids bypass strong objects at excessive speeds. It was a dependable profession path, however Keever knew it wasn’t for him. “There wasn’t a lot visible happening for me,” he says. “I simply wasn’t .”
Finally, Keever dropped out of graduate faculty, moved to New York Metropolis, and commenced making artwork. He began out portray, however quickly grew bored of the medium. ”I did not really feel like I might add something extra to it,” he says. When a buddy gave him his first tank, he started experimenting with tips on how to harness the diffusing powers of water to make prints that felt atmospheric and volumetric.
After years of constructing intricate landscapes with props and mossy greens and yellows, Keever determined to attempt one thing new. “Progressively I simplified the entire operation to only dropping paint and water and photographing it,” he says. Keever admits that there’s not a lot conceptual heft behind his work. His photos are vibrant, lovely odes to physics, and generally, he says, that’s sufficient.
“Magnificence is usually thought-about a grimy phrase within the artwork world,” he says. “However some folks get away with it, and hopefully I’m one in every of them.”