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Photography: Erin O'Keefe explores still-life trickery in new series

Posted by Rob Alderson,

At times we are all guilty of being in thrall to bright colours. That’s no criticism; our brains seem to be hardwired to find them uplifting, and on first glance it was precisely this that drew me to Erin O’Keefe’s latest work. But I was excited to discover the heavyweight conceptual ideas that underpin these gorgeous visuals; eye-candy schm-eye candy!

As Erin explains this series “explores the tendency of the camera to flatten pictorial space, and as a result, foster ambiguous spatial readings…There is a fertile tension between the compressed space of the image and the visual clues that allude to the dimensionality of the still-life. The camera is the agent of uncertainty that invites seeing as both an intimate and critical exercise.”

The pictures are comprised of painted plywood, printed Photoshop gradients and photographs to produce results as beautiful as they are bamboozling.

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Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.