Keith Sharp

Photography

Projection Series

Within this series, I used a digital projector and a laptop to project photographs of natural scenes onto the sides of houses at night or onto myself. After projecting the images on to myself I then re-photographed, extracted, and placed just the images of myself back into the natural scene being projected. In this body of work, I show houses returning to nature and myself in harmony with nature in an attempt to reconnect with the natural world. My life-long love of the outdoors and gardening creates this longing for things to return to their natural state. The Japanese use their word, satoyama. a concept that asserts that nature must have space in the world, and so areas must be set aside so both man and nature can live in harmony.

 

Seeing Through Series

I attempt to create mysterious, subtle, and poetic images that cause the viewer to do a double take. By transforming the ordinary world around me I create images that play tricks on our perception. In this most recent series, I have reworked and layered images in an attempt to make objects seem transparent or see through. In these photographs it appears as if the skies and trees around and behind these buildings, cars, fences, and walls go right through those objects.

 

Fabrication Series

Ever since I was a little boy, I have always had a love of nature – camping, gardening, plants, walking in parks, and just being outdoors. For many years now, I have been creating photographs of props that I have placed in real scenes – either outdoors in natural settings or by bringing the natural world inside. Sometimes the props have been something prefabricated, while other times it has been props that I have created. In this series, I began to experiment with printing images of natural scenes, plants , and other items on to cotton and silk that I then sewed, staged, and re-photographed to create digital photographic collages or sewed the printed fabric into soft sculptures. A surrealist at heart, I attempt to create mysterious and subtle images that cause the viewer to do a double take. We all play a part in fabricating the world around us. There will always be two worlds – the natural and the manmade.

 

Grounded Series

The Grounded Series consists of images made by physically constructing scenes in real spaces as opposed to being made digitally. In this series, I have photographed the landscape, but with a twist. I began this series by sketching various ideas of how I could bring trees, grass, or clouds indoors as well as put curtains, wallpaper, and floors outside. After photographing the item that I was going transplant, I then printed the image close to life-size as an enlarged xerox. Depending on the shot, I either adhered the xerox to foam board to act as a prop or to a wall to act as a backdrop. By blurring the boundaries between interior and exterior spaces, I attempt to create mysterious images that cause the viewer to do a double take. Within these real and fictional spaces, nothing is grounded.

 

Nature Boy Series

When I was a little boy, I very much enjoyed exploring nature by collecting bugs, looking for critters in creeks, and by taking walks. In the Nature Boy series, I have combined my interests in nature and self-portraiture by having portrayed myself transforming into a tree creature. In doing so, I am able to step into my romanticized view of the world. I photographed familiar situations but with a twist in an attempt to make the viewer do a double take. The inherent awkwardness of this character trying to blend in portrays my experiences as an outsider trying to fit in to my environment. I began this series by creating sketches of the various ways that I could imagine myself transforming into this creature. The props that I created for these performances were created from natural and artificial materials – bark, leaves, flowers, old clothes, fabric, plastics, paint, and glue. While some of the costumes have remained intact, others have fallen apart. A photograph is the end result of these performances.

 

Contact Information

Media, PA
e-mail: Keith Sharp
www.keithsharp.net
Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Artist Bio

Keith Sharp is a photographer based in Media, PA. Solo exhibitions include: Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA; The Arts Club of Washington, Washington, DC; The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE; and FotoFest, Houston, TX. His work was included in various group shows, including: Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; and the Robin Rice Gallery, New York, NY. Collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA; West Collection at SEI Investments Company, Oaks, PA; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Radnor, PA.

Education

1991
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
MAT

1990
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
BFA

Selected Exhibitions

partial listing
Solo
2014
Gallery 1401, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2013
3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

2012
3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2010
3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

2008
Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA

The American Center for Physics, College Park, MD

National Institute for Health, Bethesda, MD

Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA

US Botanical Gardens, Washington, DC

Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT

Hoyt Art Center, New Castle, PA

2006
Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA

Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

Silver Eye Center For Photography, Pittsburgh, PA

Abington Art Center, Abington, PA

FotoFest, Houston, TX

Group
2016
Summertime Group Exhibit, Robin Rice Gallery, New York, NY

Biggs Shot, Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE

Photography 35, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

In Vision Pennsylvania Photographer’s Exhibition, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA

Five Photographers, Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ

2015
In Vision Pennsylvania Photographer’s Exhibition, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA

Tri-State Artists Equity’s Fall Juried Show, Wallingford Community Art Center, Wallingford, PA

Summertime Group Exhibit, Robin Rice Gallery, New York, NY

74th Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Photography 34, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

Landscape Through the Photographic Eye, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA

Photography 34, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

2014
Juried Photography Show, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

Photography 34, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

Of Memory, Bone, and Myth, Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN

Contemporary Landscape Photography: An International Perspective, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA

Landscape Photography Competition, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, NM

2013
Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA

Contemporary Landscape Photography: An International Perspective, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA

In Vision Pennsylvania Photographer’s Exhibition, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA

Art of Photography Show, San Diego, CA

Art of the State, State Museum of PA, Harrisburg, PA

Summertime, Robin Rice Gallery, New York, NY

2012
Art in Embassies Program, United States Depart of State, Washington D.C.

Centennial 2012, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

3rd Annual Contemporary Photography Competition, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA

Biennial 2012, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Virginia

Photography 32, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

Illusion, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

2011
Summertime, Robin Rice Gallery, New York, NY

Art of Photography Show, Lyceum Theatre Gallery, San Diego, CA

International Photography Competition, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL

Onward ’11, Project Basho, Philadelphia, PA and Ring Cube Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2010
Summertime, Robin Rice Gallery, New York, NY

Photography 29, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

2009
69th Annual Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Biggs Shot, Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE

Philly Salon, Robin Rice Gallery, New York, NY

2008
Invented Landscapes, YO Darkroom, Philadelphia, PA

Photography 27, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ
Juror: Michael Mazzeo

Collections

partial list
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, TX
Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
Griffin Museum of Photography, Wincester, MA
Grolier Club Library, New York, NY
Inst. of Paper Science and Technology, Atlanta, GA
Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA
Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
McGraw Hill Companies, New York, NY
Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA
Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA
Rochester Inst. of Technology, Rochester, NY
San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Swarthmore College Library, Swarthmore, PA
University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Radnor, PA

Awards and Honors

partial listing
2013
Third Place, Art of Photography Show, Lyceum Theatre Gallery, San Diego, CA

Juror’s Award, Photography 33, Perkins Center for the Arts

2012
Juror’s Award, Photography 32, Perkins Center for the Arts

Purchase Prize, Biggs Museum of Art, Dover, DE

Purchase Prize, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Photography Award, 63rd Members’ Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia/Tri-State Artists Equity Association
Exhibition
, West Chester, PA

2011
Third Place, Art of Photography Show, Lyceum Theatre Gallery, San Diego, CA

Second Place, International Photography Competition, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

2008
Juror’s Award, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorsetown, NJ

2007
Best of Show, Westmoreland Art Nationals, Westmoreland County Community College, Latrobe, PA

Third Place, Art of the State, State Museum of PA, Harrisburg, PA,
Jurors: John Vanco and Juan Carlos Castros

2006
Best of Show, 21st Century and Beyond, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Juror: Robert Stevens

Honorable Mention, 12th Juried Exhibition, Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA
Juror: Bonni Benrubi

Esther & Harvey Graitzer Memorial Prize, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2003
Purchase Prize, Minot State University, Minot, ND

Purchase Prize, Northbrook Public Library, Northbrook, IL

Second Place, Magic Silver, Murray State Univ., Murray, KY

2003
Fellowship, Center for the Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

Bibliography

2011
Vettese, John “Onward and Inward: Panning away from the big crowds and clamorous scenes, we still find people in these photographs,” Philadelphia Citypaper, Philadelphia, PA, February 17, 2011

Helfrick, Jayne “First Friday in Old City,” artblog, September 14, 2010

Saez, Paloma “Students look at Old City art” artblog, February 25, 2008

2006
Frankford, Rachel, “Grounded,” The Philadelphia City Paper, October 5, 2006

Rosof, Libby, “Dancing with trees“, artblog, July 27, 2006

Merkle, Karen Rene, “Placeholders,” The Erie Times, January 5, 2006

2005
Donohoe, Victoria, “Show Zooms in on Photo Trends,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 21, 2005

Amorosi, A.D., “Camera Camouflage,” The Philadelphia City Paper, June 30 – July 7, 2005

Fallon, Roberta, “CFEVA kids at the office“, artblog, May 30, 2005

2004
Fallon, Roberta,”Projekt 30” artblog, August 28, 2004

2003
Giuliano, Mike, “Paper Cuts,” Baltimore’s City Paper, January 29, 2003

2002
Fallon, Roberta, “Sharp Shooter,” Philadelphia Weekly, December 11, 2002

Ryesky, Helene, “In Sharp Focus”, Art Matters, December, 2002

Donohoe, Victoria, “A Showcase for Local Artists,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 31, 2002

2001
Fallon, Roberta, “Two if by See,” Philadelphia Weekly, May 9, 2001

Grant, John, “Seeing It Their Way,” The Philadelphia City Paper, February 18,2001

1996
Donohoe, Victoria, “12 PA Artists Exhibit Photo. Visions,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 5, 1996

1994
Sozanski, Edward, “Works On Paper Show at Beaver College,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 8, 1994

Raynor, Vivien, “Photos With Few Cliches and an Unlikely Setting,” NY Times, February, 1994

Publications

The Rambler, Volume 5 No. 4, Jul/Aug, 2008
Korean Monthly Photography, Volume 472, May, 2007
The Sun, Issue 375, March, 2007
Grounded,” File Magazine, December, 2006
Camera Arts, November/December, 2006
Grounded,” FStop Magazine, Issue 18 Imaginary Worlds, July/August, 2006
The Photo Review, June/July, 2005

 

 


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