Two Upcoming Shows

•February 9, 2020 • Leave a Comment

March 6-May 10, 2020 (Opening reception: March 6, 5-8pm)

Group show at The Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM

Paper Routes: New Mexico Women to Watch 2020: CCA in collaboration with the New Mexico State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, proudly presents Paper Routes: New Mexico Women to Watch in the CCA Tank Garage’s spector ripps project space. The exhibition features four New Mexico artists nominated for the Paper Routes exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Alison Keogh, Mira Burack, Katya Reka, and Kate Rivers will showcase works on paper, ranging from collage to graphite drawings and sculpture.

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May 9-October 4, 2020 (Opening Reception: May 9, 5-8pm)

Group show at the New Mexico Museum of Art

Breath Taking:  Breath. It is one of the first things we do in life and one of the last, but in between we don’t think much about it. In this exhibition, contemporary artists find inventive ways to express the act and importance of breathing by measuring it, scanning it, enclosing it, evoking it, and reminding us that every breath we take is a cooperative venture with our landscape.

Included are drawings, installations, photographs, sculptures, and video by artists including Alison Keogh, Stuart Allen, Linda Alterwitz, Cynthia Greig, Sant Khalsa, Jill O’Bryan, Kim Richardson, Meridel Rubenstein, and more. Visitors are invited to slow down and ponder the role of breath in our lives and experience this unique gathering of work.

Alison Keogh: “Women to Watch” New Mexico State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

•February 6, 2020 • Leave a Comment

VIDEO LINK:  “Women to Watch”

CENTER FOR THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS: Exhibit Link

Botanicals Showing in Kobe, Japan

•March 8, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Ink Botanicals #5

I’m exhibiting a series of ink botanical panels at Gallery Moris, Kobe Japan in May.

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Pixels: A Solo show at William Siegal Gallery

•September 5, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Opening reception: Sept 30, 2016 from 5-7 pm

Exhibition dates: September 30 – December 6, 2016

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William Siegal Gallery will present Pixels, an exhibition of new works by Alison Keogh. The show will open Friday, September 30th with a reception from 5 – 7 pm, and run through December 6th at 540 S. Guadalupe Street in the Railyard Arts District.

This is her fourth exhibition at William Siegal Gallery.  Alison continues her use of ink on paper. The Pixels Series further expands her vocabulary of cropping, cutting and curating specific marks, drips and flows (often created by chance) into larger compositions. Up close, each tiny square is evidence of prior dramatic events enacted by Keogh pouring, throwing and dripping ink, while the larger assembled grids reference contemplative landscapes – each built by repetition and the careful alignment of similar marks.

For more information, you may contact Eric Garduno, Director          eric@williamsiegal.com          505.820.3300

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Siegal Gallery Opening Night

•August 2, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Thanks everyone for attending my opening!

Ink Throw Calligraphy – A New Show at the William Siegal Gallery

•July 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment

WHAT: A Two-Person Exhibition by Alison Keogh and Paula Castillo

WHEN: Friday, July 31 through Tuesday, August 25, 2015

WHERE: William Siegal Gallery

OPENING RECEPTION:  Friday, July 31, 5:00 – 7:00pm

“Raw #10″, sumi-ink on paper on wood panel, 46″ x 40″ x 2”, 2015

Couturier Gallery Opening in Los Angeles

•April 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A few photos of the opening night on April 18.  The show will be up until May 30.

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My upcoming 2-Person Show in Los Angeles

•March 10, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I’m excited to announce this exhibition featuring all new work from the Ink Throw Calligraphy Series at Couturier Gallery in Los Angeles.  The opening reception is April 18.

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Ink Throw Calligraphy – Live at the ARTsmart gala dinner

•February 24, 2015 • 1 Comment

Alison demonstrated her (sumi) Ink Throw Calligraphy process – blindfolded – at the annual ARTsmart gala dinner event last Saturday at the Santa Fe Convention Center.  Normally, it’s done in the seclusion of her studio, but this time it was in front of over 300 guests!

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More on the event can be seen HERE

Sumi-Ink Throw: 2nd video

•January 24, 2015 • 1 Comment

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The second video of my blindfolded sumi-ink throws…

Sumi-ink Throw

•December 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Throwing sumi-ink, blindfolded…

InkThrow-2photos’s and video by robert j. mang

Rice as Art

•October 27, 2014 • 4 Comments

Cycling the Kibi Plain near Okayama, rice is the visual staple as it is the predominant crop. I have been lacking in contemporary art since Naoshima and Teshima, so I decided to create my own by capturing images of rice. It is harvest time; these images are all post-harvest shots. 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Japan 2014

•October 13, 2014 • 2 Comments

This is my third journey to Japan, each visit reveals another layer, different from the last, building in complexity. Negotiating typhoons, I landed at Narita airport and continued on to Takamatsu to the island of Shikoku. Up early in the morning with no time for jet lag I travelled by train to the Isamu Noguchi museum. Being an architect and artist it was the perfect combination on my first day in Japan. A feast for all senses. I was permitted to take this photo of his signature on one of the finished sculptures.

After a short ferry trip to the island of Naoshima, what had begun as a feast transformed into an opulent banquet of contemporary art, architecture and food. Benesse Art Site comprises several museums, Art House Projects, hotel, and restaurants on different islands within the Seto Inland Sea. I was very fortunate that my friend Mitsue was able to help me navigate the different venues.

I was extremely impressed with most of the work, but beyond that, the reverence for contemporary artists and their work is the highest I have encountered. 

Lee Ufan – one of my mentors – has an entire building designed by Tado Ando dedicated to his work.

James Turrell has several works including a 45 minute night viewing program of Open Sky. An incredible opportunity to really experience the phenomena of light, color and sky interacting.

However all these works were surpassed by a unique and sublime collaboration of art, architecture and nature by artist Rei Naito and architect Ryue Nishizawa on the island of Teshima. A bike ride on a perfect morning brought Mitsue and I to the Teshima Art Museum  – museum is a completely inadequate word for the experience of this place. In fact words are useless. Photos are not permitted of most art works at the Benesse Art site, and this was no exception – I am particularly grateful in this instance as it preserves the spiritual nature of this profound permanent site-specific installation. Photos are useless   – you just have to be there!

 

 

 

 

I can barely see the adjacent building, rain drops are in a race with gravity across the window of my hotel room as typhoon Vonfong rages outside…and I wonder what other encounters are on the menu during my visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rockford Art Museum Studio Visit

•September 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Sixteen friends and collectors of contemporary art from The RAM visited my studio today as part of their art excursion to Santa Fe.

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About Paper: Couturier Gallery Opening Night

•December 12, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Here are some photos of my installation, and the opening night group show, “About Paper”, at Couturier Gallery in L.A.   The exhibit will be up until January 4.

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The wall installation is “Floating Pellicule

[handmade kozo paper, kakishibu, and beesax , 105″ x 30″]

The three sculptures are “Strata Installation

[handmade paper, hand collected clay from Santa Fe, and beeswax  13″ x 12″ x 12″]

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Making Washi in Japan

•October 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I recently spent a couple of days in Echizen, Japan, which is a village dedicated to the fine art of hand-made paper. I knew it was going to be tough making a large sheet of kozo paper – I have only made small sheets in my own studio – and my gruff non-English speaking sensei definitely put this gaijin through the paces.

Making kozo washi (hand-made Japanese paper) in the paper-making village of Echizan

Making kozo washi (hand-made Japanese paper) in the paper-making village of Echizan

Anxious to show that I wasn’t a lazy Westerner I worked hard to prove myself in the short time available. I was grateful for my recent weight training as I raked a large wooden frame back and forth through the pup-laden vat. Next was the art of using a large wooden stick to “slice” through the pulp to further separate the fibers.

Me and my sensei (teacher).  He was a bit harsh at first, but eventually mellowed.

Me and my sensei (teacher). He was a bit harsh at first, but eventually mellowed.

Without language to help my understanding of the process my best guide was to replicate the sound that this stick made as it struck the bottom of the vat. My first few attempts resulted in pulp-laden water spraying over me and other objects in the path. I knew it was going to be difficult to form a sheet this large, and it was. I made about 50 attempts before I produced anything that was worth saving.

I'm extracting air from the bubbles that formed on the wet washi.

I’m extracting air from the bubbles that formed on the wet washi.

I’m grateful to Rina Aoki for a wonderful time touring several different types of washi studios – including that of National Living Treasure Ichibei Iwano IX.  I have a more profound appreciation of washi and the people that make it.

“Sutras” – Alison Keogh and Polly Barton at the William Siegal Gallery

•June 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Photos from opening night.  The show runs May 31 – July 6.

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William Siegal Gallery Group Show Opening: “Selections”

•April 28, 2013 • Leave a Comment

“Selections” – Featuring works by Paula Castillo, Alison Keogh, Peter Ogilvie, Paula Roland, Judy Tuwaletstiwa and Marcia Weese will be open from April 26 – May 25 at the William Siegal Gallery

 

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Wind Calligraphy, la deuxième fois

•January 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Wind Calligraphy at White Sands, NM

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photos by robert j. mang

William Siegal Gallery – Artist Representation

•November 7, 2012 • 3 Comments

I am excited to announce that I am now being represented by William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.  I’ll be exhibiting at a show of new works in 2013.

Wolfgang Laib at Rumi’s Tomb, Konya, Turkey, October 2012

•November 7, 2012 • Leave a Comment

After a search I found Wolfgang Laib’s stone brahmanda which he had sculpted in the early ‘70’s. It was relegated to a nondescript area of the cemetery and is currently in the midst of a building site as repairs are being undertaken at the Mevlani Museum.  Two powerful mentors in one location!

Artist residency September 2012, Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar, Spain

•November 7, 2012 • 1 Comment

I spent the month of September at this wonderful residency in Spain.  The group of 8 international artists consisted of writers, visual artists, and a poet. It was an unforgettable experience on many levels and allowed some new work to emerge.  The Wind Calligraphy performance work, which was beautifully documented by Corina Gertz, a German photographer and fellow resident, is an important piece which came into existence during the residency.

A grande muchas gracias to Beatrice (the president) Marie Laure (director), Dinah and all the staff at FV, including my fellow artists who all contributed to the experience.

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Exhibit and Opening Night at William Siegal Gallery

•September 2, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Thanks everyone for attending the opening night!

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Upcoming Show at William Siegal Gallery

•July 19, 2012 • 1 Comment

I have a new show coming up at  William Siegal Gallery.   Opening night is Friday, August 31 from 5-7pm.  The show runs through September 22nd.

60,000 Positive Thoughts

60,000 Positive Thoughts” is an inaugural showing of my current conceptual project – a perpetually evolving installation of past, present (in form) and future positive thoughts which are fleeting and transitory. It is said that we have approx 60,000 thoughts per day.  What if we reprogram those to be positive thoughts? This work exists as a counterpoint to the deluge of negativity that we often face, especially from the media. Fiercely guarding our optimism is a choice.

In creating these individual brush strokes I embed a positive thought as the brush moves over the surface of the paper. The resulting work imparts a peaceful and calming attitude.

ARTnews Review, Santa Fe, Summer 2012

•July 16, 2012 • 1 Comment

 

JAMIE HAMILTON AND ALISON KEOGH

Center for Contemporary Arts

Two sculptors with wildly different formal approaches commanded the cavernous galleries of this nonprofit arts organization for an ambitious show titledArrhythmic Visions.

Alison Keogh, formerly an architect, works with locally sourced clay to create sculptures and drawings that are  about as far as you can get from the traditional use of this material. Her Cloaked Earth (2012), a 6-by-7-by-2 foot monolith made from muslin dipped in clay slurry and wrapped around a support, was weirdly reminiscent of both mummified pharaohs and a Richard Serra.

Smaller but equally boxlike, Stratum 264 (2012) featured densely layered pieces of cotton canvas immersed in clay and stacked like sheets of mocha mille-feuille. Seductive two-dimensional works offered dramatic gestural statements in a soft earthy palette realized from clay slurries, some on paper and others rendered directly on the walls of the gallery.

If Keogh’s sculptures are of terra firma, many of Jamie Hamilton’s trippy constructions seemed primed to take flight. The largest of these, Thanatos (2012)- assembled from steel poles and cables, terse ribbons of nylon, and spandex “sails” – resembled a vessel ripped apart by a violent storm.

Its tentlike forms occupied more than 800 square feet of floor space in the larger gallery. Eros (2011), a tangle of scooped and fanlike shapes, burst forth from one wall, while Branch (2000), crafted from wood and copper, extended its knobby, somewhat menacing arm seven feet into the room. Hamilton is also a formidably talented draftsman and his elaborate schemes on paper suggested a freewheeling modern-day Leonardo.

Both sculptors push the boundaries of their chosen materials, drawing on traditions like earth art and Minimalism. While Keogh’s work brought to mind both the spontaneity of the AbEx painters and the geometric rigor of Donald Judd, Hamilton’s creations recalled the majestic burnished-steel legacy of David Smith and George Rickey.

By Ann Landi

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