Artwork > Collective Memory

As an artist with a background in graphic design, Doug Keyes is hyperaware of the ways in which information and images are conveyed to the public. He is equally aware of the way 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 personal favorites; the topics cover a broad spectrum of inquiry, invention and expression. Produced with multiple exposures of all the pertinent pages of each book, Keyes’ luminous color photographs reveal (or conceal) the entire contents 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.

Becher-Water Towers
dye-coupler print
16.25 x 23.25 in
1997
History of Art
dye-coupler print
15.25 x 20.875 in
1997
A Brief History of Time-Stephen W. Hawking
dye-coupler print
15 x 17.5 in
2001
The Voyager Flights to Jupiter and Saturn
dye-coupler print
17.25 x 24 in
1998
They Called Her Styrene-Ed Ruscha
dye-coupler print
10.5 x 21.5 in
2001
Full Moon-Michael Light
dye-coupler print
17.25 x 30.25 in
1999
National Geographic Atlas of the World
dye-coupler print
20.75 x 30.75 in
2001
The Cambridge Star Atlas
dye-coupler print
18.25 x 24.75 in
2001
Ishihara’s Tests for Colour-Blindness
dye-coupler print
13.375 x 17.125 in
2001
Christian Boltanski
dye-coupler print
17 x 25 in
1999
Chuck Close
dye-coupler print
17.25 x 23.5 in
1999
Howl and Other Poems-Allen Ginsberg
dye-coupler print
11.125 x 14.625 in
2001
Without Boundaries-Todd Oldham
dye-coupler print
20.75 x 30.75 in
2001
Robert Gober
dye-coupler print
18 x 30.625 in
2001
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back-Dr. Seuss
dye-coupler print
14 x 17 in
2001
The Invisible Universe-David Malin
dye-coupler print
22 x 33 in
2001
Dagura Magura-Kyusaku Yumeno
dye-coupler print
10.25 x 13 in
2000
Kosuth-Art After Philosophy and After
dye-coupler print
13.25 x 17 in
1997
The Holy Bible (1950)
dye-coupler print
15.5 x 22.5 in
1999
Paradise Garden: A Trip Through Howard Finster's World
dye-coupler print
20.75 x 30.75 in
2001
Donald Judd-Colorist
dye-coupler print
14.625 x 23.75 in
2001
Roni Horn-Making Being Here Enough
dye-coupler print
15.5 x 22 in
2000
A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
dye-coupler print
20.75 x 30.75 in
2001
Another Water, Roni Horn
dye-coupler print
18.125 x 22.125 in
2001
Sugimoto
dye-coupler print
16.5 x 32.25 in
2001
Karl Blossfeldt
dye-coupler print
16.25 x 23.5 in
1998
Mammals
dye-coupler print
10 x 11.5 in
1999
Packaging Catalog-1933 Edition
dye-coupler print
14.5 x 19 in
1998
Once Removed-J. John Priola
dye-coupler print
17.125 x 24.625 in
2001
Famous Modern Artists
dye-coupler print
17.5 x 23.875 in
2000
Whitney Biennial-2000 Biennial Exhibition
dye-coupler print
16.125 x 22.125 in
2001
The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985
dye-coupler print
15 x 24.75 in
1998
History of Modern Art
dye-coupler print
16.75 x 23.25 in
1997
Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics-Immanuel Kant
dye-coupler print
13.125 x 17 in
2001
Spiders and Their Kin
dye-coupler print
10 x 12 in
1999