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Keith Nelson

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artist bio

Keith Nelson is a painter, preparator, studio manager and sometime curator living and working in Milwaukee. He received his BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2000 and in 2002 founded the 7th Floor Studios, a studio collective which provides affordable working space for 16 artists. He has also worked as a preparator at the Milwaukee Art Museum since 2004. Keith has exhibited regionally at MIAD, The Green Gallery West, The Portrait Gallery, Walker's Point Center for the Arts, Dean Jensen Gallery, Charles Allis Museum, Michael Lord Gallery(Milwaukee), Project Lodge(Madison), Wright Museum Of Art(Beloit, WI) and the Rockford Art Museum(Rockford, IL). His work is represented in several private and corporate collections, both local and international. Keith was a finalist for a Mary Nohl Fellowship in the established category in 2011.

artist statement

My current body of work is intended to re-contextualize certain post-painterly/minimalist strategies by subverting some dogmatic tenets of painting while expanding it's boundaries. I use "common" materials and mutable installations to create painting-like objects that are simultaneously spontaneous and rigorously considered. Materials are used literally in the production of unique objects that paired off or combined into larger groups. This decision making process is driven by the belief that painting is not a literal term and that beauty and order are highly subjective notions, limited only by one's own perception.

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