Opening reception: February 6, 2010, 5-7pm
Pollination Study #6 (detail), 2008
Graphite on paper
30" x 22"
Colin Keefe makes meticulously crafted plan views of fictitious built environments. Although drawn heavily from architectural pictorial schema Keefe's sculpture and ink and pencil drawings explore "methods for breeding buildings." This exhibition will focus on Keefe's Architectural Pollination series which implements a biological interpretation of a city's evolution, each drawing resembling a microscope slide teaming with life. In this petri dish of architectural spaces buildings breed, consume one another, fuse and fission. Keefe sees this process as manipulating different strategies for acquiring desirable properties from one building to another to make a better building. A natural selection for architecture, he employs the reproductive and propulsion methods of single and multi-cellular organisms as well as pollination methods of plants that gives new meaning to terms like 'organic architecture' and 'green building'.
Keefe earned his BFA from Washington University (St Louis) in 1990 and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1994. He was a resident of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Downtown Residency Program in 2004. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and maintains his studio in Philadelphia, PA.