Alexander Keyes. Model Rocket #1, 2014. Found cardboard packaging. 3 x 3 x 10 feet.

Alexander Keyes. Model Rocket #1, 2014. Found cardboard packaging. 3 x 3 x 10 feet.

Alexander Keyes
to: europa
March 3—31, 2016
Opening: First Thursday, March 3, 6:00—8:00 pm

Ever feel overwhelmed by the monotony and pressures of housework, family, and employment? Artist Alexander Keyes does. For relief, he has adopted a perspective of the world built on speculation and fantasy. His installation, to: europa, encompasses an array of escape mechanisms constructed from the minutiae of domesticity.

Keyes has imagined starscapes emerging from spilt house paint, arranged cereal boxes into maps of the solar system, and dreamt up rocket ships from cardboard awaiting recycling. Reclaiming his sense of self through these hidden wonders, he can be lost in the desire for an impossible flight from everyday life.

About the Artist: Alexander Keyes grew up in the Pacific Northwest and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. After working in a marine diesel shop for a year, he moved to Eugene, Oregon to pursue his MFA at the University of Oregon. Post-graduation in 2014, Keyes attended artist residencies in Portugal and Norway on a mission to put himself back together. Calling Seattle home, he is currently the Artist in Residence at the University of Texas at El Paso for the 2015-2016 school year, where he is teaching and developing a new body of work.

Website: alexanderkeyes.com
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