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School of Visual Art and Design


Modern Ruins a MFA Thesis Exhibition by Robert O. Keith IV

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 9:00am to Friday, May 6, 2016 - 4:30pm

Exhibition Reception: Friday, May 6th  from 5pm - 8pm. Artist talk at 5:30pm

Robert O. Keith IV is a native Coloradan, now happily residing in Columbia, SC. He received his BFA at Colorado State University with a concentration in painting, and is wrapping up a Master’s of Fine Arts degree at the University of South Carolina. His rough upbringing gave him an intensely unique perspective on life, allowing him to see and capture the beauty and graceful collapse back to nature of ignored and abandoned spaces.

Robert’s large canvases are an exploration into many abandoned buildings around Columbia as well as some of the surrounding cities in South Carolina. In an effort to further the experience of these places his canvases are shaped into arcs that help build the illusion of traversing these spaces yourself. Robert’s current body of work focuses on an exploration of abandoned buildings throughout his home state of South Carolina. Working with large, often arced canvases, Robert’s work intensifies the all-encompassing feeling of these spaces by wrapping the viewer in within the work. These artworks all represent buildings and places that once were bright and new, but are now being reclaimed by nature; ruins in modern day.