Concurrence: Keith Sharp BFA '90, MAT '91
Aug 22—Sep 19 2014
“Concurrence” is a collection of black and white and color photographs by UArts alumnus Keith Sharp BFA ’90 (Photography), MAT ’91 (Visual Arts). Sharp’s images begin as private performances, created as site-specific tableaux installations that are in turn re-photographed for the finished pieces. These images deftly explore the intrusion of the outside into the inside, while questioning the boundaries of reality. In his earlier black and white work, which was created pre-Photoshop, one is never sure where the real and surreal exist. Originally, Sharp started out in photography as a street shooter, photographing the world in a very direct and straightforward manner. However, he discovered that he felt constrained by that approach and began working in a more conceptual mode incorporating a more proactive performative methodology. In his recent color work, Sharp has utilized the tools of digital imaging, still working with virtual private tableaux, but returning to street shooting as a starting point for his later assemblages. With influences that include the surrealists, self-examination and classic street photography, this work explores the multitude of meanings that exist in almost commonplace situations and reflect Sharp's interest in forcing us to reconsider our acceptance of photographic proof.
Sharp’s solo exhibitions include Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, Pa.; the U.S. Botanical Gardens, Washington, D.C.; the Arts Club of Washington, Washington, D.C.; the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington; and FotoFest, Houston. His group shows include Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; and the Robin Rice Gallery, New York. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pa.; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pa.; West Collection at SEI Investments Company, Oaks, Pa.; Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.; Portland Art Museum, Portland, Ore.; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Calif.; and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Radnor, Pa. Keith Sharp is a public school arts instructor in the Rose Tree Media School District. He resides in Media, Pa.
Reception: September 11, 4 – 7 p.m.
Above: "Suspended."Terra Hall
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