An interview with Alexi Keywan

 

Alexi Keywan, Until Tonight, etching

Alexi Keywan, Until Tonight, etching

 

Alexi Keywan is a Sydney born artist who currently resides in Lismore, Australia.

Her work depicts familiar environments that she deftly instils with an intriguing eeriness.

Recently Alexi took the time to provide me with an insight into her practice and other interests.

 

Alexi Keywan, The Passenger No. 11, pencil on paper

Alexi Keywan, The Passenger No. 11, pen on paper

 

Rona: Your art practice includes printmaking, painting and drawing. What do you like about working with a variety of different materials and techniques?

Alexi: The ability to make marks and create images from each medium that are unique to themselves – they all have different ‘atmospheres’. Each medium affords me a different kind of headspace.

 

Alexi Keywan, Sometime, Someplace, etching

Alexi Keywan, Sometime, Someplace, etching

 

R: Who has influenced and inspired your art?

A: Initially my father, sculptor Orest Keywan.

Off the top of my head… Euan Mcleod, John Beard, Karla Dickens, Aida Tomescu, William Kentridge, John Virtue, Vija Celmins, Kiki Smith, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Ed Ruscha, Edward Hopper, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, James McNeil Whistler and Francisco de Goya.

Also lecturers and staff from National Art School, Sydney, particularly from the Print department (where I became a part of the furniture after seven consecutive years).

 

R: When you are making art do you prefer to work in silence or be listening to something?

A: Ever since I can remember, making any kind of art has enabled me to retreat from the world and create my own. I can’t imagine not having a ‘soundtrack’ to this. I think in art school I garnered a reputation as being busy and unapproachable due to the music driven print frenzies I’d get in to. At the moment it’s Frank Sinatra on the way to the studio and then something like Dirty Three or Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

 

Alexi Keywan, The Passenger No. 12, pencil on paper

Alexi Keywan, The Passenger No. 12, pen on paper

 

R: What are a few of your favourite things?

A: Solo road trips, travelling, boxing, tattooing and being tattooed, taking photos of concrete and steel.

 

R: Do you have a favourite gallery or museum?

A: I pretty much grew up in The Australian Museum (Orest worked there), and gallery wise it really depends on what is on.

 

R: What about your favourite art making material?

A: Etching copper because of the variables involved, but then on another day it could be drawing… or painting.

 

R: And your favourite food to eat after a big day in the studio?

A: Chocolate.

R: Snap!

Finally, congratulations Alexi on recently winning the 13th CPM National Print Award with your etching, You Are Here.

 

Alexi Keywan, You Are Here, etching

Alexi Keywan, You Are Here, etching

 

Alexi will be exhibiting prints and drawings at Australian Galleries, 35 Derby Street, Collingwood, VIC, 3066, from 27 August to 15 September 2013.

 

You can also view Alexi in conversation with Michel Lawrence from The Stock Rooms on YouTube:

 

 


Grunt.

 

‘Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.’

- John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

 

Greek Corinthian hare vase

Greek Corinthian hare vase

 

Young Hare by Albrecht Durer

Young Hare by Albrecht Durer

 

Rabbit by Henri Rousseau

Rabbit by Henri Rousseau

 

Rabbits by Nishimura

Rabbits by Nishimura

 

Bugs Bunny created by Tex Avery

Bugs Bunny created by Tex Avery

 

Harvey starring James Stewart and directed by Henry Koster

Harvey starring James Stewart and directed by Henry Koster

 

Nijntje (aka Miffy) created by Dick Bruna.

Nijntje (aka Miffy) created by Dick Bruna

 

Rabbit by Jeff Koons

Rabbit by Jeff Koons

 

War by Paula Rego

War by Paula Rego

 

Rabbit looking into mirror by Shao Fan

Rabbit looking into mirror by Shao Fan

 

Lightning Ridge by Adam Cullen

Lightning Ridge by Adam Cullen

 

Discotheque Nasties by Rona Green

Discotheque Nasties by Rona Green

 


Corporeal

 

Corporeal is an exhibition of prints exploring the theme of the body by 23 Australian artists including Graeme Drendel, Di Ellis, Philip Faulks, Rodney Forbes, Sue Fraser, David Frazer, Rona Green, Rew Hanks, Kaylene Kelly, Michael Kempson, Alexi Keywan, Martin King, Deborah Klein, Terry Matassoni, Ron McBurnie, Janet Parker-Smith, Travis Paterson, Ben Rak, Heather Shimmen, Stephen Spurrier, Anne Starling, Clayton Tremlett and Scott Trevelyan – curated by Rona Green.

 

Geelong Gallery

Geelong Gallery, Australia

 

The exhibition is on show now until the 12 May 2013 at Geelong Gallery, Little Malop Street, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

 

Corporeal exhibition at Geelong Gallery

Corporeal exhibition opening at Geelong Gallery

 

If you would like to check out the Corporeal exhibition catalogue illustrating all the artists prints click here.

 

Corporeal exhibition at Geelong Gallery

View of Corporeal at Geelong Gallery

 

I’ll be presenting a free floor talk about the Corporeal exhibition at Geelong Gallery, 3pm Saturday 23 March 2013 – all are welcome to come along!

 

Rona Green, Nekromancer, linocut & hand colouring, 50 x 60 cm, edition 23

Rona Green, Nekromancer, linocut, ink and watercolour, 50 x 60 cm, edition 23

 


Woof!

 

‘In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.’

- W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

 

Roman sculpture of a pair of dogs circa 2nd century AD

Roman sculpture of a pair of dogs circa 2nd century AD

 

A Foxhound by George Stubbs

A Foxhound by George Stubbs

 

Self-portrait with Black dog by Gustave Courbet

Self-portrait with Black dog by Gustave Courbet

 

Requiescat by Briton Rivière

Requiescat by Briton Rivière

 

Dog Lying in the Snow by Franz Marc

Dog Lying in the Snow by Franz Marc

 

Man with dog by Francis Bacon

Man with dog by Francis Bacon

 

Muffin by Robert Mapplethorpe

Muffin by Robert Mapplethorpe

 

Feral Dog by Dean Bowen

Feral Dog by Dean Bowen

 

Eli by Lucian Freud

Eli by Lucian Freud

 

A Dog's Treasure by John Ryrie

A Dog’s Treasure by John Ryrie

 

Dog and Skull by Leon Golub

Dog and Skull by Leon Golub

 

Projection by Deborah Williams

Projection by Deborah Williams

 

Archie by Rona Green

Archie by Rona Green

 


Beautiful Soup

 

The Beautiful Soup exhibition invitation – click on image to enlarge

 

Beautiful Soup is an exhibition of prints by 56 Australian artists that I have curated and am part of.

The exhibition opens 2-4pm on Sunday 14 October 2012 at St Heliers Street Gallery, The Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067.

This is a free event and all are welcome to come along and enjoy the art as well as celebratory drinks with the artists.

Beautiful Soup runs until 4 November 2012.

 

Rona Green, Cock likes menthol, linocut, ink and watercolour, 18 x 13 cm, edition 56

 


Meow…

 

‘Time spent with cats is never wasted.’

- Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

 

Bast the feline goddess of ancient Egypt

 

Four cats in different poses by Kuniyoshi Utagawa

 

Mademoiselle Julie Manet with cat by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

 

Girl with a Kitten by Lucian Freud

 

The Cat by Alberto Giacometti

 

Black Cat Leaping by David Hockney

 

Reflection by John Ryrie

 

Cat by Kiki Smith

 

Falling Cat by Noel McKenna

 

Sergey by Rona Green

 


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