Activate: Market Street Featured Artist Anne Q. McKeown

Activate: Market Street 8
Night & Day
January 27th – May 21st, 2016

Anne McKeown @ 77 Market Street

Anne Q. McKeown’s work contrasts rational, conceptual processes with intuitive inquiry, and involves exploration with painting, printmaking, papermaking and wire drawings. She makes and takes apart systems using color, chance and intuition. She researches, investigates, and shapes materials using chance, accident, and random samplings, as well as imagery from the canon of art history. She is driven to create work that is richly layered, that feels expressive, measured, and substantial. Her work speaks directly to her world, where marks and shapes are broken from a strict order; tumbling over; blocking; competing for space. The crowding marks and shapes reflect the shifting world as systems and beliefs shred and burst into new compilations. There are bits of the familiar but those are hints and allusions. She is not looking to create an order, but recording a moment of being.

McKeown is an artist whose practice includes painting, printmaking and handmade paper. McKeown has traveled to and worked in Egypt, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Cuba and South Africa. She has worked with artists at the Artist Proof Studio and Phumani Paper in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has taught Art Appreciation and Drawing courses at the University of Connecticut in Stamford and Papermaking at Mason Gross School of the Arts; as well as many workshops and demonstrations. Since 2001 she has been the Master Papermaker at the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions. McKeown holds her B.A in Studio Art, 1992 from Skidmore College and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University School of Art. Over the last three years her work has been shown at the SOHO20 CHELSEA Gallery, NY, the Hall of Awa in Yamakawa, Japan JARFO Gallery in Kyoto, Japan, at Rupert Ravens Contemporary and Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ, at the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ and the Hogar Collection Gallery in Brooklyn, NY among others.