The cover of Joanna Newsom’s latest album, “Divers,” is a photograph by the New York-based artist Kim Keever. Keever is known for crafting elaborate dioramas in an aquarium, then releasing pigments into the tank and taking pictures of the resulting underwater scenes.
Artist Kim Keever drops industrial paint tints into 200-gallon fish tanks, and photographs the swirling, ballooning colors as they mix and disperse through the water for his series “Across The Volumes."
Can you believe the landscape photos above are actually pictures from an aquarium? Kim Keever builds small-scale dioramas that simulate tropical environments in his amazing series, Hawaii.
In an interview with Faith is Torment, Kim explains:
What makes these dioramas unusual is that they are created in a 200 gallon tank filled with water. Though I sometimes build a scene in front of and behind the tank, most of the “action” takes place in the tank with paint injected into the water for cloud formations. I use whatever materials I can find on the street, in stores and on the internet that might add to a perception of reality that is not quite what it seems.
Kim Keever’s photographs may look like documentation of natural phenomena from another planet, but the artist painstakingly constructs minuscule photo sets inside a fish tank in his studio to achieve his highly detailed, abstract images. As clouds of dense pigment unfurl in the water, Keever zooms in to capture every undulating shape. The tiny explosions become awe-inspiring tornadoes of paint in his resulting work. We previously interviewed the artist here on the blog back in 2011, and today we take a look at his newest work. See more on Hi-Fructose.