“all this stuff just bloomed around me”

“all this stuff just bloomed around me”

A Community-Curated Exhibition of the Art of Steve Keene

Exhibition opening reception November 5th, 5:30-7:30ish

Charlottesville native Steve Keene has been described as the “assembly-line Picasso” by Time. He has given away or sold over 300,000 paintings at this point in his career. Beginning November 5, WTJU will join The Bridge in celebrating Steve Keene’s massive influence on Charlottesville’s art and music culture by hosting a community-curated exhibition of his artwork. Visit the exhibition to view dozens of original pieces on loan for the month from folks throughout Charlottesville. Usually on display in homes and businesses, the exhibit gives you a peek into the influence Keene has had for decades in Charlottesville.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Steve Keene’s career was influenced heavily by musicians while a volunteer DJ at WTJU 91.1 in the 90s. Seeing musicians hustle to sell CDs and merchandise shaped his approach to producing and selling art. “I want buying my paintings to be like buying a CD: it’s cheap, it’s art and it changes your life, but the object has no status. Musicians create something for the moment, something with no boundaries and that kind of expansiveness is what I want to come across in my work.” Keene’s approach is to paint quickly, lining up plywood panels and painting the same image on each. He reportedly uses around five gallons of paint a week and 100 sheets of 4-by-8-foot plywood, which he cuts up into canvases every month. In addition to selling pieces by quantity on his website, he has created album art, video sets, stage sets, and posters for bands including Silver Jews, Pavement, The Apples in Stereo, Soul Coughing, The Klezmatics, and Dave Matthews Band.