Daniel McKeon's recent practice has encompassed a range of
different series that have converged developmentally and contributed to the evolution of his new series titled Chroma to be exhibited 7th June/4th July 3013 at The Courthouse Gallery studios Ennistymon Co Clare Ireland. When examining works from the Gravity and Painting Light series', the gradual transition and assimilation of overlapping concerns are absorbed and integrated into this new body of work. The progression between the different pieces in composition, tone and textural effects can be mapped through this diverse body of work, each cycle of paintings feeding into the subsequent series. The sensibility of the paintings is manifested in the blurred, graduated layers of paint, compounded by the synthesis of the paints sheen and luminosity, which constantly evolve depending on the environmental conditions determined by the light source. The paintings have an added element when seen over a long period of time in good daylight, as the continuous change in atmospheric conditions fluctuate to reveal the transformative qualities of the work, bringing new insights to the viewer.
Architecture and photography significantly influence McKeon's practice, through constant documentation and recording of his surroundings, often feeding into his studio practice. McKeon regulates the structural affinities between painting and architecture by employing devices such as installation and assemblages. He places emphasis on the form and symmetry of architectural elements by installing large-scale works in synchrony, in a grid-like structure, which reference the backdrop of steel and glass buildings that society has become accustomed to in the outside
environment. The reflective nature of McKeon's works address the tension between the time constraints of painting in tandem with the immediacy of the world around us. In this particular instance, drawing on the sensibility of the paintings to echo how buildings can often mirror back
their own surroundings. Another process McKeon has engaged with is the assemblage of works, by overlapping and stacking canvases of varying scales, amalgamated to become one piece, these works become reminiscent of colourful, urban landscapes, which could be likened to the metropolitan skyline.
All painters are concerned with the primal source of light and how this path of visual enquiry informs their work. In addition to this fundamental component, McKeon considers the impact of display, carefully juxtaposing the placement and presentation of his assembled works. This is an
intrinsic part of the process driven work produced by McKeon, and contributes to the overall identity of the pieces. The final factor integral to his oeuvre, is the importance of exhibiting the artwork and the necessity of the viewer in the equation, as it is the junction where the pieces come to life as the art is being experienced.
Text by Rowan Sexton, January 2013
Artists I like
Caravaggio-Goya-Picasso-Gerhard Richter-Robert Mapplethorp-Jenny Saville
Howard Hodgin-Barry Flanagan-Andy Warhol-Marc Quinn-Jean Micheal Basquiat.
Louise Bourgeois-Edward Kienholz-Michael Cullen-Thomas Demand
Francis Bacon-Sean Scully-Mathew Barney-Mark Francis + many more.
Centre of the artworld:
New York, London, LA, Berlin, Beijing, my studio, online, nowhere and everywhere