Steve Keene Live Art Performance

Steve Keene Live Art Performance

Thu   Mar   21   2024 - 9:00 AM RED Gallery Fri   Mar   22   2024 - 9:00 AM RED Gallery Sat   Mar   23   2024 - 9:00 AM RED Gallery Sun   Mar   24   2024 - 9:00 AM RED Gallery

“A cultural signifier, a subversive success — an artist who, though he has shown in galleries, art fairs and museums, still sells (and packages, and ships, via UPS) his work entirely himself, prizing accessibility above all.” – The New York Times

With the newly published Steve Keene Art Book (Hat & Beard Press / Tractor Beam) now finally available,  we’re excited to bring a Steve Keene Art Show to the Red Gallery (130 W. Jackson Avenue) starting March 1st as a prelude to a special in-situ live painting performance that will last the duration of The Big Ears Festival.

The idea of being mass-produced is uniquely American (McDonald’s, Coca Cola). Is there any other artist who represents the American ethos or working class more than Steve Keene?

In our world where all systems are breaking down, Steve Keene’s revolutionary punk rock ethos of making and selling affordable art (6 pieces for $70 from his website) in massive volume (he’s created 50+ pieces/day for 30 years; over 300,000+ pieces by only his own hands) is about a different value system, one that values utility of art rather than its dollar value.

He’s not only created and distributed an obscene amount of affordable art in this unique way, he has brought joy to many thousands of lives. Make sure to visit the gallery during your stay to watch him work, pick up a few pieces and the new book from the Big Ears Merch Store, and look for talk with book producer Daniel Efram.

Knoxville, TN · USA



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