John Keefer, ‘Helicopter’, 2016, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery
John Keefer, ‘Helicopter’, 2016, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery
John Keefer, ‘Helicopter’, 2016, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery

Artist statement:
Art is essentially a spiritual pursuit. You put your own ego in the service of the world spirit. The spirit of the time you live in.

I told myself, what ever you think it is people want, do the opposite. Whatever you do as an artist, do it too much, make art that’s too big, too personal, too violent, too sexual, too bereaved… just too much, always.

I never try to finish a painting. I never try to make a good painting. It’s ok to paint more. It’s ok to go deeper. It’s better to try to make a bad painting than to try to make a good painting. A painting can almost always be sufficiently bad, but nothing can ever really be good enough to express how beautiful, sad, horrifying, funny, sweet, hopeless… it all is. I think I’m at my best as an artist when I’m expressing mastery and failure at the same time.

2018 Fred Giampietro Gallery Aftermath - John Keefer and Kurt Steger
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Yale University School of Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
Art House, Jersey City, New Jersey
Noyse Museum of Art, Stockton University, Galloway Township, New Jersey

CT Art Scene: West Neighborhood: John Keefer
http://ctartscene.blogspot.com/2006/10/west-neighborhood-john-keefer.html

New Haven Independent: Vision, Cash, Volunteerism Power Westville’s New Public Art
http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/vision_cash_volunteerism_power_westvilles_new_public_art/

New Haven Independent: War And Renewal Explored In “Aftermath”
http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/aftermath_exhibit/

Yale Daily News: After the Aftermath
https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2018/01/19/after-the-aftermath/

About John Keefer

American, b. 1961, Rochester, NY, USA, based in New Haven, CT, USA