Keith Lo Bue
I wanted to share this artist whose work I love. Art created from found objects with a history and narrative, often with a wonderful Victorian flair about them. They embody that sense of nostalgia, hidden memories and fragility that I find so intoxicating!
Keith Lo Bue is an assemblage artist whose work has been exhibited in the US, UK, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and France. His imagery has been used by industries such as Disney and Pepsi, and collectors of his work include Robin Williams, Robert De Niro, David Bowie, Oliver Sachs, and Gloria Vanderbilt.
Keith’s first solo exhibition took place in 1989 and was entitled Oddments. Since then his art has received awards from the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Art and Design. A lot of his art is designed to be wearable jewelry and is now included in many fine collections and featured in a several books. His creations have been described as “diminutive museums, reliquaries of dreams” (Raymond Smith).
One of the aspects of his work I really enjoy is the opportunity provided to the viewer to discover more upon exploration of the piece. Often the piece is waiting to reveal more when opened such as with this glorious brooch shown below made from a ladies compact case.
Of his own work Keith writes,
“The work I produce has always involved making connections between disparate phenomena: reality and surreality; preservation and decay; memory and forgetting. Their is a deliberate effort to create in my artwork a fragile technology of bone and stone, exhumed from the scattered shards of lives preceding our own. In this way I can strike an empathy with those who reached for the promise of progress with one hand while shielding their fallibility with the other.”