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Underwater Art: Artist Kim Keever drops paint into water and photographs the spectacular results

American artist Kim Keever’s dazzling photographs, featuring colorful abstract compositions sometimes dubbed ‘Art Under Water’, are created by pouring pigments into a 200-gallon tank and capturing the resulting explosions of various hues on camera – a technique that he has been using for more than five years.

With a refined unpredictability to his work, even after spending countless hours experimenting and filming, Keever said: “Even after 20,000 shots I can’t predict which will be completely successful and only a fraction are printed. But I have accepted the lack of control and embrace the randomness.”

Keever has most recently been in the spotlight for his collaboration with Joanna Newsom on her newly released album, ‘Sapokanikan’. Reverting back to his hauntingly intricate underwater landscapes, Keever’s images add an elusive, mystical aura to Newsom’s album.

In the video directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, Inherent Vice) for Newsom’s single ‘Divers’, the singer is immersed in Keever’s swirling landscapes.

If you want to view his latest works in the flesh, he has just launched a new solo exhibition, entitled Random Events, at the Waterhouse & Dodd gallery in New York City. In the meantime, check out more of his work at www.kimkeever.com.

Via New Yorker & Artsy

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