Keegan Gibbs – OPEN SPACE at Known Gallery | 01.15.2011

December 28 2010 . 07:36pm

KNOWN GALLERY and RVCA present the first solo photo exhibition by
KEEGAN GIBBS | OPEN SPACE
installations with SAGE VAUGHN and BRENDAN LYNCH

Opening: JANUARY 15th, 8-11PM
Runs: JANUARY 15th – FEBRUARY 5th, 2011

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
310-860-6263

OPEN SPACE

"The ocean is and always has been the epicenter of my existence on this planet. I am an aquanaut on a thruster in this ever amazing and boundless liquid energy. I have optimized and streamlined my life to ensure maximum time gliding across water. Every choice and relationship, all decisions and waking thoughts (and most dreams) are influenced and infused by the pull of the tides, the whiff of an offshore breeze, and the lucid corduroy lines gracefully stampeding towards the coast.

I go to the sea to surf, to bond with friends or to be alone, to let out aggression or to find inner peace. The moving ocean is my solid ground. The moment one stands up on a board, propelled by a wave racing across the sea, one is only aware of the present – nothing else. I have never found any other way to achieve that absolutely pure and meditative mindstate.

Open Space is my expression of the state one falls into while floating weightless off shore, looking out to sea, hoping and waiting for the next set. Troubles are isolated far away on the unreality of land, while you are free in the truest reality of water. It is a timeless unspoilable state that cannot be ruined, not even by the angry local that may be slashing your tires and waxing your windows simply because he doesn’t want to share some waves. To a surfer it’s an understandable act of necessary evil to keep an ungoverned subculture in form, and from it breaking into full bore beach-blanket-bingo havoc.

Open Space is a collection of images, collages, and installations that evoke the balance in my life."

-Keegan Gibbs


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