Museum hosting Keast exhibit

Eric Keast is a self-taught Anishinabeg (Ojibway) painter and sculptor. His work sythesizes a style and ethos that blends “traditional aboriginal” motifs, materials, and forms along with “contemporary” materials and sensibilities.
Keast’s varied experiences include archaeological training in prehistoric construction techniques of tools, shelters, cooking ware, and everyday objects, metalworking through bike-building, free-form welding, metal casting with bronze and iron, hammering on sheets of copper and firearms, and manipulating metal objects.
He has painted on glass, wood, canvas, paper, people, walls, vegetables, garbage, appliances, other people’s crappy art, and the occasional rock.
Using paper as a medium, it has been mashed, layered, cast, molded, and even hurled at objects to produce images and texture.
Other materials include bone, skin, claws, clay, and tendon, combined with glass, metal, polymers, pigment, and light.
The large paintings and sculptural works gracing the upstairs gallery speak of “Metamorpisis and Mortality.
“I’m still exploring and still learning to see,” said Keast.