My artistic practice utilizes light as a tool to illicit experience for the viewer. Scavenging cultural remnants of cultural iconography, residue, and mythology, my art converges divergent perspectives to challenge cultural constructs. This has resulted in an interdisciplinary practice that uses performative gestures to explore and deconstruct themes of ritual and masculinity. I hope to provide the viewer, if only for a moment, a transformative experience of revelation and enlightenment.
Jayson Keeling was born in Brooklyn, NY and attended The Fashion Institute of Technology. He lives and works in Long Island City, Queens. For most of his career Keeling worked almost exclusively in the medium of photography, but recently he has begun to explore painting, video and sculpture as well. His work has been featured in many exhibitions including; 30 Seconds Off an Inch, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC; Behind The Green Door (solo), The Abrons Art Center Henry Street Settlement, NYC (2009); 99 and 44/100% Pure (solo), Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT (2009); The Queens International 4, The Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY. His residencies include, The Apex Art Out-Bound Travel Residency to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2009), The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Residency (2009) and Workspace Residency (2007-8), The Bronx Museum’s AIM 27 (2006) and Aljira’s Emerge 08 (2006).