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Elizabeth Dee Gallery: Jeff Keen Retrospective

By Mike Everleth ⋅ January 10, 2012

Exterior storefront of the Elizabeth Dee Gallery
Jan. 12 — Feb. 11
Opening reception: Jan. 12, 6:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Dee Gallery
545 West 20th St.
New York, NY 10011

Hosted by: Elizabeth Dee Gallery

Legendary British underground filmmaker Jeff Keen will finally have his first ever solo exhibition in the U.S. at the Elizabeth Dee Gallery in New York City from Jan. 12 to Feb. 11. The opening night reception will be on Jan. 12 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The exhibition will include both Keen’s paintings and films. Keen has created an extensive and highly influential body of work over his prolific career in England. However, he is not as well-known outside of his home country.

Keen’s film work is typically frenetically paced using stop frame animation and in-camera editing, and filled with pop culture imagery mixed along with radical political themes. His style has also always been amazingly way ahead of its time. According to the Elizabeth Dee Gallery:

Keen’s work can be viewed today as prescient to modes of film and video that began to take cultural references into an exploration of our own larger social portraiture. His enthusiastic embrace of alternative modes of discourse in a pre-internet age is astoundingly fresh today, and the diversity of his practice calls to mind both painters, film and video artists who succeeded him, from such figures as Derek Jarman, Richard Hamilton and Linder, to American artists such as Jack Smith, Ryan Trecartin and Peter Saul.

The films on display in the exhibition include:

Flick Flack (1964 – 1965, 3 min)
Cineblatz (1967, 3 min)
White Lite (1968, 3 min)
Marvo Movie (1968, 5 min)
Meatdaze (1967, 5 min)
Rayday Film (1968 – 70 + 1976, 13 min)
White Dust (1972, 33 min)
Mad Love (1978, 42 min)

Watch an excerpt from Flick Flack:

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