Friday, March 20, 2015


DOUG KEYES: PORTRAIT, March 5 – April 11 2015

Chuck Close, 2014 © Doug Keyes

"The Style that Keyes uses in his work originated from his Collective Memory series in which he used multiple exposures to collate the contents of art books into singular images. The continuation of this process has led to a collection of images, which detail the work of other artists, from Frida Kahlo, Alex Kats and Steve McCurry. Condensing the history of contempoary portraiture down into just a few images, he certainly progresses our undertstanding of whether portraiture can ever truly capture the truth to a person. Instead, he asks if portraiture can capture even a single truth of the sitters."—Daniel Meads, GUP.

Read the full article on the GUP website.

"The old adage, "one thing leads to another" applies to artist Doug Keyes' latest project, "Portrait." The complex, multi-layering of a single image was a process he used in his "Collective Memory" series ... With "Portrait", Keyes creates entirely new faces from otherwise recognizable and iconic images."

Read the full article with slide show on PDN Photo of the Day website.

"I get excited when someone sees my work and they just "get it". No explanation, just an intuitive response based on their history."—Doug Keyes.

Read a short interview with Doug Keyes on the Dumbo Life & Style website.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


We are delighted to share the news that the Deutsches Technik Museum in Berlin, has acquired fifteen photographs from the Proposition One: Only The Ephemeral series, by Max de Esteban

The portfolio of photographs can be viewed in-person at our gallery. Please make an appointment beforehand. A number of the photographs are close to selling out. Therefore, if you do have an interest in acquiring an image or two from this series, we would highly recommend doing so before they become unavailable.  The photographs are available as follows:

20.7" x 27.6", Edition: 5+1AP
39.4" x 52.5", Edition: 5+1AP 

Archival Pigment Prints on Hahnemühle Cotton Rag

Previous blog posts about the artworks of Max de Esteban can be found here.

PO9, 2011 © Max de Esteban

Saturday, March 14, 2015


Image: Installation of solo exhibition of artwork by Helen Sear, who will be the first female solo artist, representing Wales at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015.

After 7+ years in its current location at 111 Front Street, the Klompching Gallery is delighted  to announce its relocation to a new space in DUMBO.  
Klompching Gallery will be relocating to the corner of Main and Water Street. The new gallery space is in an historic building, originally designed in 1906 for the Robert Gair Company, by the pioneering industrial architect, William Higginson. The building is flanked on two sides by the Empire Stores, famously photographed by Berenice Abbott.
In a significant move, the gallery will be at street level, bringing increased visibility and foot traffic to its exhibitions of exceptional contemporary fine art photography. The internal design of the space, with its soaring ceilings, will be inspired by the rich history of the building – one of New York’s first buildings to utilize reinforced concrete in its structure. 
The relocation is being facilitated by the gallery’s landlord, Two Trees Management, which has a long history of investing in the arts and culture of DUMBO. The owners of the gallery – Darren and Debra Klomp Ching – are very grateful to be working closely with the property owner, who is genuinely committed to maintaining a critical mass of arts and culture in the local neighborhood. At a time when the 'gallery neighborhoods' of New York are in a state of flux, this vision of stability is important and welcomed.
This move comes about within the context of an en-masse relocation of the galleries in DUMBO. The Klompching Gallery is among seven galleries taking up new spaces, and is looking forward to remaining in DUMBO for the long-term. 
The gallery's current exhibition, a solo show of new work by the artist Doug Keyes, will be the last show prior to moving. Throughout the relocation period, the gallery will operate on an appointments basis.
During this time, Klompching Gallery will also be exhibiting at the 2015 AIPAD Photography Show, at New York’s Park Avenue Armory, April 16-19.
Klompching Gallery is scheduled to reopen in late May 2015. Further announcements will be made soon. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


We are delighted to share the news that gallery artist, ANTONY CROSSFIELD, has been named a Finalist for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, with his stunning photograph, "Bomb", 2014.

"A man performs a 'bomb' dive in the ocean. This image was intended to undermine stereotypes of masculine strength and power. The bomb dive - a metaphor of power and destruction - is revealed as ineffectual and pointless posturing, a tiny gesture in the face of wider forces. Furthermore, the image comments on the possibilities of fiction in digital photography, a seemingly believable image is also somehow completely impossible, a perfect reflection permanently fixed on the brink of disruption."—Antony Crossfield. 

"Bomb" is available for purchase as follows: 

50cm x 50cm, Edition of 10 + 1AP
80cm x 80cm, Edition of 5 + 1AP

Please contact the gallery for price and availability. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015


We are delighted to announce an exhibition of new photographs by Doug Keyes. Portrait is Keyes’ third body of work, and his second solo show at the gallery.

The genesis for this series was the Chuck Close catalog, that Keyes photographed in 1998 for the widely applauded Collective Memory series. With this image, multiple exposures resulted in two portraits that represented Close’s body of work. Keyes now continues this focus on portraits made by other artists and documentarians.

Sourcing images from books and the internet, and often inspired by portraits experienced in person, Keyes selects images that collectively create an overall representation of each artist’s portraiture work. The resulting photographs reshape the work of such iconic names as Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Martin Schoeller and Frida Kahlo. At times, his work conjures up more than the purely visual, such as with Nick Cave (2014), which pierces the viewer with a cacophony of suggested sound and movement, gloriously melded together. 

Beyond the subject of the portrait itself, Keyes is most interested in the cognitive impression left after seeing the work. Keyes’ work proposes that the brain creates collections of layered images over time, not individual snapshots of moments like a camera. When we think of a person it’s not a static, flat impression. We live in time and space, always moving, always inputting new data. And this data is never objective, it’s not a collection of precisely copied information; it’s as imperfect as our memory.

This series continues the artist's sophisticated use of multiple exposure; an artistic paradigm that he has steadfastly cultivated over the course of some twenty years. Keyes is a perceptive, quietly intelligent fine artist, whose transformative artworks exhibit a confident authorship, are conceptually rigorous and present an accomplished and well-defined aesthetic. 

Doug Keyes is an American artist currently living and working in Seattle. Collections holding his work include the Akron Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Microsoft, Fidelity Investments, Berkeley Art Museum and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston amongst others. He is the recipient of several awards including the Ned Behnke Artist Fellowship, Juror’s Choice Award from CENTER and more recently the PONCHO Merit Award. Keyes’ photographs have been exhibited at numerous venues across Northern America. In 2008, Collective Memory was published by Decode Books.