Building the Natural World (excerpt)

Viewed from a distance, Kim Keever’s large photographs are of moody, damp environments—mist hovers over boggy ground, tropical plants crowd the embankment, streams snake across the dirt—and everything is oppressed by an uncommonly active sky with thick clouds that stretch for miles and then close off the view.

Yet there is something disquietingly artificial about these landscapes—the ground’s pigmentation is several tones too bright, and plants in the middle distance have sharp contours, throwing off our sense of spatial relationships. Up close, the trees appear too rigid under this turbulent cloud ceiling and there is residue of an elaborately staged production. These are photographs of an environment Keever has constructed inside of a fish tank—algae grows on the tank’s interior, and droplets of water run down the outside of the glass.

Read the full article in NY Arts magazine.