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Art & Life with Keaton Macon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Keaton Macon.

Keaton, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I came to the arts in my youth by way of skateboarding graphics and serials like The Far Side. Beyond the drawing, even then I appreciated both sources’ digestible but coded visual language and their tendency to recontextualize pop culture imagery within their subcultures’ frame.

Later on, I found similar tactics and aesthetics being used for fliers for house parties, and indie hip hop and punk shows. The thread of self-expression and social commentary have always been part of my work. I carried these ways of working to and through undergrad and honed them even during and after grad school.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m trained as a drawer and painter but mostly I make installations that incorporate 2D works, sculpture, and sound. The installations usually start with my interest in events of cultural significance (the former site of the Ambassador Hotel, Florence and Normandie, etc.) but I aim to upset the known narrative by imbuing my work with my sensibilities and concerns as a native Southern Californian, a black man, and the eldest of the Millennials who watched the shift from analog to digital.

I allude to (historical) events and collective memory, and the gaps in knowledge and experience that they produce. These arrangements often skirt attempts of piecing back together events, in favor of producing sensory experiences that ground the viewer in the now.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
It has been hard to maintain a practice (and a place to practice with increasing rents over the last ten years) but I think finding a humble and sustainable medium, like drawing, has made finding and making my path as an artist feasible but still inspiring.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Although I do not have gallery representation, I have worked with many artist-run spaces and curators who have provided an excellent platform for showing my work. Beyond that, I have shown in commercial galleries and museums and galleries on college campuses in Los Angeles and Southern California.
For more images of my work check my website: keatonmacon.com
For inquiries email: keaton.macon@gmail.com

Contact Info:

  • Address: Koreatown
  • Website: keatonmacon.com
  • Email: keaton.macon@gmail.com


Image Credit:

Keith Rocka Knittle
Fredrik Nilson
Rochele Gomez

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