Valley House Gallery is pleased to present "Recognitions" a solo exhibition of sculpture, drawing, and painting by Michael O'Keefe.
“Everybody has that feeling when they look at a work of art and it’s right, that sudden familiarity, a sort of...recognition, as though they were creating it themselves, as though it were being created through them while they look at it or listen to it...” ―William Gaddis, "The Recognitions"
“A great deal of my recent work was made during a time when I was reading the great American novel by William Gaddis, "The Recognitions," the most demanding book I’ve ever read. Along the way, I extracted sentence fragments that interested me and I pieced them together to make the titles for the last three years of my work. So, my recent work is linked to Gaddis’ novel through the titles, but also in the theme of “recognition,” which speaks to the nature of my work. I feel my way through various processes until I recognize a possibility―a possibility that is promising in terms of visual dynamics but also in terms of giving a body to some part of my experience. It is my hope that the viewer is compelled to recognize some part of themselves reflected in the work.” —Michael O’Keefe
Michael O’Keefe earned his MFA from SMU and currently teaches at The O’Keefe Studio Center in Richardson, Texas. This is his fifth solo exhibition at Valley House Gallery. Michael O’Keefe’s exhibition "Enduring In The Posture Of Love" is on view at The Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas through February 17. A catalogue for The Museum of Biblical Art exhibition, including an essay by Scott Peck, is available.
Michael O'Keefe will give an Artist Talk at Valley House Gallery on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m.
View images of work in the exhibition at www.valleyhouse.com and on Artsy at https://www.artsy.net/show/valley-house-gallery-and-sculpture-garden-michael-okeefe-recognitions
The exhibition will be on view through March 16, 2019.