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“all this stuff just bloomed around me”

“all this stuff just bloomed around me”

A Community-Curated Exhibition of the Art of Steve Keene

​​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. Maybe you own one (or several) and would like to share in an exhibit hosted by The Bridge and WTJU!

Beginning November 5, The Bridge’s Belmont neighborhood art gallery will celebrate Steve Keene’s massive influence on Charlottesville’s art and music culture by hosting a community-curated exhibition of his artwork. We’d like your Steve Keene piece to be featured alongside dozens of other original pieces currently on display in homes and businesses throughout Charlottesville.

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY STEVE KEENE ORIGINAL TO BE DISPLAYED IN THE EXHIBIT?

  1. Securely attach a note to the back of your Steve Keene original(s) listing your name, phone number, and email address.
  2. Choose a time to drop off your piece(s) Email info@thebridgepai.org to let us know to expect you. Feel free to wrap the artworks for their protection.
  3. Make a plan to visit the opening reception for the exhibit on Nov. 5, 5:30pm
  4. Make a plan to pick up your artwork on Nov. 29 12:00 – 6:00 pm from the gallery, 209 Monticello Rd.

DROP OFF TIMES AND LOCATIONS 

  • Monday, October 25th, 3:00 – 5:30 pm at WTJU Studios, 2244 Ivy Road.
  • Tuesday, Oct 26th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm at The Bridge’s Gallery, 209 Monticello Rd.
  • Wednesday, October 27th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm at The Bridge’s Gallery, 209 Monticello Rd.
  • Thursday, October 28th, 3:00 – 5:30 pm at WTJU Studios, 2244 Ivy Road.

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.