Keith Lemley is a sculptor and installation artist who creates immersive environments of objects and light. He received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. Lemley’s work has been shown extensively nationally and internationally in solo exhibitions at venues including Mixed Greens (NYC); The Sculpture Center (Cleveland, OH); 1708 Gallery (Richmond, VA); The Soap Factory (Minneapolis, MN); the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI); Summerhall (Edinburgh, United Kingdom); Smith Center for the Arts (Providence, RI); and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (Pittsburgh, PA). Group exhibition venues include the Museum of Modern Art (NYC); Family Business (NYC); Dowd Gallery (Cortland, NY); Glazenhuis National Museum (Lommel, Belgium); Dubuque Museum of Art (Dubuque, IA); and the Dishman Art Museum (Beaumont, TX). He recently completed a commission for the lobby of the W Las Vegas and splits his time between Core, WV, and Kent, OH.
Much of my recent work combines geometric objects with light and architecture in immersive installations. I am interested in current scientific research that connects disparate parts of the universe through underlying geometry; the idea that there is a unifying structure that unites all thought and matter, past and present, is compelling to me. Carving wood, for example, is a way of revealing an underlying architecture that was already there. More captivating than the actual geometric theories is the process of experimentation and discovery shared by scientists and artists alike. I am intrigued by the next set of questions each installation poses and the challenge of uniting materials, light, and architecture within each body of work.
My influences range from modernist design, architecture, and industry to the light, space, and time movements of the 60s through today. Through my work, I probe ideologies of utopian hope and human innovation. Ultimately, I want viewers to walk away thinking about everyday materials and encounters in new ways.