The Waxing Year paintings bring appropriation of historical material, always central to Keogh’s practice, to the foreground. This show is composed of new work that continues from paintings and collages exhibited in February at Overduin & Co in Los Angeles.
The five large paintings on view here are an extension of the composition of the seven large paintings shown there. All together, the twelve paintings are an interpretation of one continuous collage and drawing. Spatial constructions that could imply narrative are displaced in favor of the visual material (museum postcards, artist’s monographs, textiles, image search results, decorative arts manuals, cell phone photos) that Keogh accumulates in her studio. An expressive subject, as it might exist in the work, is not rendered through painting conventions of touch or voice or narrative sensibility; rather the subject emerges through an open process of acquiring, collecting, and culling, and is represented through the work-a-day, perfunctory line of a technical illustrator. And unencumbered by an actual illustrational utility, the space depicted becomes free-associative, dreamlike, and subterranean.