Erin O’Keefe

Certain Things is the first UK solo exhibition by New York based artist, Erin O’Keefe. The fifteen works on view are panels formed of simple geometric shapes in rich colours, accentuated by precise lighting and shadows. Paint has been applied in fast, efficient brushstrokes, with O’Keefe’s hand clearly legible in the textured brush marks. The compositions are initially hard to unpick – the scale of the objects is uncertain and flatness and depth appear unreliable – colour and shadow are used against the viewer in a series of perceptual games played with brush and camera. The framed photograph is of an arranged tableau of painted wooden shapes, temporarily positioned and lit in the studio, then discarded. The resulting images present spatially impossible scenes, to be navigated via a series of clues left by O’Keefe to their origin and process.

Recent group exhibitions include AND/ALSO: Photography (Mis)represented at Kasmin Gallery, New York in 2020; Joy before the object at Seventeen in 2019 and solo exhibitions include Seeing Things at Denny Gallery, New York. O’Keefe will have a solo exhibition at Seventeen in November 2020.



Erin O’Keefe CV


Seventeen Exhibitions

Certain Things
Joy Before the Object


Press Links

Cover and feature in The Paris Review
Review in Art Forum
Feature in Wallpaper
Review in The Village Voice
Feature in Paper Journal
Review in Less Than Half

Erin O’Keefe Selected Press as PDF


Erin O'Keefe Seventeen
Erin O'Keefe

Erin O’Keefe, River, 2020
Unique archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag
32 x 40 inches (82.7 x 103 cm)

Installation view of Joy before the object at Seventeen, 2019

Erin O’Keefe, Orange Slide, 2019
Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag
101.6 x 81.3 cm (40 x 32 inches)

Erin O’Keefe, Upright Blues, 2019
Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag
101.6 x 81.3 cm (40 x 32 inches)

Installation view of Seeing Things at Denny Dimin Gallery, New York, 2019

Installation view of Ecstatic Vernacular at Morgan Lehman,  New York, 2018

Installation view of NEW YORK/NEW WORK at Albada Jelgersma Gallery, Amsterdam, 2017