Jayson Keeling works in video, photography, performance, and related media to challenge perspectives on gender, sexuality, and race. His interdisciplinary practice borrows from his early career as a photographer and film director of fashion, film, music, and porn. This background is evident in Keeling's exacting emphasis on light and composition. In Omi – Pictures, a nuanced, diary-like record of Keeling's 2012 residency at Omi International Arts Center, the images retain the focus of Keeling's studio work. The 70-plus images in the video run chronologically, slowly appearing and fading like a home slideshow. Revealing personal moments, beautiful landscapes, and surrealist images, the video leaves the viewer feeling like a fly on the wall. Omi Pictures is an homage to Omi, an intimate picture of the artist's engagement with fellow artists, and a glimpse into the mysterious world of residency programs.
The Art Omi Residency program invites artists from around the globe to the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, New York for three weeks of collaboration, experimentation, and the development of artistic projects. The program brings together a diverse group of people and artistic styles to facilitate shared ideas and stimulate cultural exchange. Both Omi International Arts Center and Art-in-Buildings were founded by Francis Greenburger.
Omi-Pictures 2012 is curated by Jennie Lamensdorf and sponsored by the Time Equities Inc. (TEI) Art-in-Buildings. TEI is committed to enriching the experience of our properties through the Art-in-Buildings Program, an innovative approach that brings contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists to non-traditional exhibition spaces in the interest of promoting artists, expanding the audience for art, and creating a more interesting environment for our building occupants, residents, and their guests.Download Press Release