Hal Bromm Gallery presents an
illustrated talk by painter Tom Keough on his work at 5:30 pm on 8 July
2009. A reception with the artist
will follow. The event is
open to the public without charge. The artist’s talk is held in
conjunction with an exhibition of Tom Keough’s Night Paintings, currently on view at Hal
Tom Keough lives and works in
New York City. For nearly twenty
years his paintings have focused on night views of urban and country
landscapes. Keough’s personal view
of New York and its environs after dark presents an unseen perspective, unique
and often mysteriously empty. The works invite viewers to experience
the urban community and the landscapes beyond it with a vision that is both
familiar and strange.
Tom Keough’s night paintings capture
quiet, empty streets, dark alleys and overlooked corners of our urban
environment, imparting an eerie sense of urban solitude. Keough uses light and weather changes to alter the familiar. Comfortable neighborhood landscapes,
transformed by artificial light when darkness descends, take on new life. Under freshly fallen snow, perceptions
change, providing an altered – and usually unseen – perspective momentarily
frozen in time and devoid of activity.
Highlighting the after-dark relationships
created by man-made light and its effect on the landscape, 16th Street and 6th Avenue,
depicts a single streetlamp illuminating thousands of leaves on a tree below,
their brightly lit translucence creating an arresting vision unlike any seen in daylight. Far from the city, trees growing deep
in the forests of the Catskill Mountains offer a striking
contrast to Keough’s unique perspective on altered urban environments.
Tom Keough’s work has been
widely collected and shown, including exhibitions and installations at the National Arts Club, Theatre for the New
City, US Capital, US Senate, Gallery Bielefeld (Germany), Moenchehaus Museum
(Germany), Riverside Cathedral, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Saint
Peter’s Church, Citicorp Center, Donnell Library, Brooklyn Society for Ethical
Culture, New York Life Insurance Company, Brooklyn Hospital, Carnegie Museum,
US Embassy (Jamaica), Place/Kayenberg Design Studio Hamburg (Germany), United
Nations Headquarters (NY), and the Museum of Modern Art (NY).
A perceptive essay on the artist’s
work by Shannon Egan appeared in the Winter 2007 issue of The Gettysburg
Review: “Bright Lights on Quiet Streets: Tom Keough’s Nocturnes”
exhibition continues through 31 July 2009.