Erin O’Keefe, Matt Kleberg

June 12 - July 17, 2021

Albada Jelgersma Gallery is pleased to announce Sightseeing, a duo-exhibition with new work by Erin O’Keefe and Matt Kleberg. The exhibition will open Saturday, June 12, from 1-6 pm, and runs through July 17.

After a successful joint exhibition at Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York, O’ Keefe and Kleberg decided to further build upon their shared themes and visual language. Both artists are in a sense pictorial architects. They create carefully constructed images that, to the viewer, appear completely fresh and effortless. Each in their own way tinkers with the mechanics of spatial perception.In O’Keefe’s photographs, the curious flattening and twisting of pictorial space happens as the camera’s lens translates three dimensional space into two dimensional image. In Kleberg’s work, the shallow trompe l’oeil space of the portals pushes against the lushly tactile painted surface.

The title of the show, Sightseeing, is intended as a reflection on their shared themes and a celebration of the gradual return to normal life. The works were made during a year where the solitary practice of work in the studio – and the opportunity to see these self generated sights took on a particular significance.

Erin O’Keefe (b. 1962, Bronxville, NY) lives and works in New York City. O’Keefe received a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University. The artist’s work has been exhibited internationally at Denny Dimin Gallery, (New York), Wave Hill, The Photographer’s Gallery (London), Seventeen Gallery (London), The Wing (Washington D.C.), Transmitter Gallery, McKenzie Fine Art, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Morgan Lehman Gallery, and Sandra Gering Inc., among others. O’Keefe was awarded the 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship in Photography. O’Keefe’s work has been reviewed or featured in Artforum, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Vogue, VICE Magazine, The Huffington Post, Collector Daily, Artspace Magazine, Artsy Magazine, and Paper Journal. Her work is included in public and private collections inclduing, Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland, OH, Deutsche Bank Collection, London, UK, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA, Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, NL, Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield OH, General Mills Art Collection, Minneapolis, MN, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.

Matt Kleberg(b.1985, Kingsville, TX) lives and works in San Antonio, TX. Kleberg received his BA from the University of Virginia in 2008 and his MFA from Pratt Institute in 2015. He is represented by Hiram Butler Gallery, Barry Whistler Gallery, and Sorry We’re Closed. Recent exhibitions include Good Naked Gallery (NY); Johansson Projects (CA); Barry Whistler Gallery (TX); Hiram Butler Gallery (TX); Albada Jelgersma Gallery (Amsterdam), and Sorry We’re Closed (Brussels). His work has been written about in The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, Painting is Dead, Artsy, Vice, Maake Magazine, ArtDaily, New American Paintings, Blouin Artinfo, ArtMaze Magazine, Artillery Magazine, and Hyperallergic. His work is included in public and private collections, including the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA, the University of California Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, the Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX, the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.