Keba Konte "Photomontage On Wood"
This August, Altered Space Gallery resumes its First Friday series of exhibitions with a solo show by Oakland, CA based artist Keba Konte. Konte is an internationally exhibiting artist and has been shown at Retina Galerie (Amstedam), California African American Museum (Los Angeles, CA), Skylight Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), and The Smithsonian Institute (Washington, DC) among others.
Konte works by assembling surfaces of found and salvaged wood, furniture parts, copper and other materials rich in texture and history. He then paints, burns and distresses these materials and finally imbues his own photographic images into the surfaces in order to create multi-layered works of art which explore socio-political aspects of African Diaspora. These elements are held together by his mastery of formal balance, a keen sense of composition and fine craftsmanship. His more recent work has progressed into the realm of sculpture and site-specific installation.