“Descent” (2016), acrylic on panel, 8″x10″
For Keyes, the decision to place graffiti writing in the foreground questions our relationship to the natural world, and what impact we are undeniably leaving on our planet. The iceberg for instance, is marked with the words, “I’ll melt with you.” This blood red message could be the voice of both the iceberg and the tagger, a warning that we will all be melting if we continue to desecrate the Earth.
“Are there things and places that graffiti should not be?” asked Keyes to Colossal. “Who is to say what surface is to be kept graffiti clean? My personal concern is that this will be a reality some day and speaks to a larger issue of our relationship with the natural world. The satellite and space graffiti hints that even if we colonize other worlds, what mark will we leave? No matter where we go there is evidence of our presence.”
“Tin Can” (2016), acrylic on panel, 24″x48″, all images via Josh Keyes
“Tin Can” (2016), acrylic on panel, 24″x48″
“I’ll Melt With You” (2016), acrylic on panel, 12″x18″
“Frontier 2″ (2016), acrylic on panel, 12″x16”
“Frontier” (2015), acrylic on panel, 19″x24″