DOUG KEYES lives and works in Seattle (United States). Over the course of 20 years, his photographs have been exhibited at numerous venues across Northern America. Keyes is the recipient of a number of awards including the Ned Behnke Artist Fellowship, Behnke Foundation (1999), Review Americas (PhotoLucida) Photographer of the Year, Photo Americas (2001) and Juror's Choice Award, Project Competition, CENTER (2007). His photographs can be found in several notable collections including Akron Art Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, LA County Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Museum of Fine Arts — Houston, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, University of Washington, King County Arts Commission 4 Culture Safeco and the Seattle Ars Commission — Seattle City Light.
The ‘Collective Memory’ series is based upon the premise that all things in the universe are connected. Keyes is interested in how knowledge stacks upon itself over time, leaving an impression or collective memory. Using books and documents from Keyes’ own collection, as well as friends and relatives favorites; the topics cover a broad spectrum of inquiry, invention and expression. Produced with multiple exposures of the pertinent pages of each book, Keyes’ luminous color photographs reveal (or conceal) the entire context in a single image. The result is a condensed document of the ideas contained within, as well as the physical identity of the book itself.
The ‘Becoming Language’ series elicits photography's relationship with time, memory and knowledge. In this series, multiple exposures of ubiquitous urban landscapes incorporate subliminal markers of public information. Keyes calls into question the building blocks of our knowledge of these spaces—whether it is developed through direct experience or whether it is a phonomena resulting from experiences altered by the unconscious data collected from elsewhere.
A monograph of 'Collective Memory' was published by Decode Books in 2008.
A complete Artists Resumé is available upon request.