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Keith Mitchell’s paintings, drawings, and assemblages of the 1970s through the ’90s saw an exploration of themes inspired by utopian archetypes, ancient iconography, and the transcendental voyage of artist as poet. Mitchell’s large-scale canvases, constructions, and assemblages function on various levels of symbolism that contribute to a dynamic interplay of rational and intuitive contemplation.
In recent years, Mitchell’s interest has shifted to exploring new possibilities within the digital photographic medium. Influenced by modernist photography and architecture, Mitchell has come to focus his attention on the effect of light and shadow on geometric shapes he has assembled to form sculptural models. Each model comprises interchangeable wooden components that offer a choice of multiple photographic viewpoints. The variation in abstract forms and placements allows for the capture of strategically placed light on detail, as well as the entirety of each model. He draws comparison of these variations to classical music and jazz, where a central rhythm may inform several melodic variations.
Phantom Shadows presents a selection of photographic studies representative of a larger body of work titled Kleinborg Variations (KBV). These works are based on four constructed wooden sculptures that integrate sculptural components unique to each piece. The KBV portfolio includes a series of studies that capture the unique overlays of shadows, patterns, rhythms, and lines as they manifest by light reflected on the shapes and details of the forms. Planes and edges are defined by shadow and framed with light. Light and shadow transcend form, conveying a pureness in their simplicity.