Toward What Sun? Volume I
"Toward What Sun?" is a portfolio of ten photogravures, housed in a cloth- covered case with letterpress-printed title page and colophon. The title is debossed in black on the portfolio cover. The portfolio consists of eight vertical and two horizontal images, mostly taken in and around NYC. "Toward What Sun?" is a multi-volume project. Volume I was published in 2016; Volume II will be released in early 2021 and additional volumes are planned. The copper photogravure plates were made from the artist's original 35mm negatives, and printed in black ink on Hahnemhüle Copperplate paper in editions of 12. Published by Manneken Press.
Philip Van Keuren has been making photographs for many years. His images are prompted by everyday observations that reveal the world as sublimely beautiful while simultaneously unknowable.
The artist received B.F.A. (1974) and M.F.A. (1977) degrees in studio art from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where he currently serves as Professor of Art. Van Keuren attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in New York in 1975 and was a Fellow of The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH in 1978 and 2009. During the early 1980s Van Keuren constructed architectural models for the renowned American architects I. M. Pei, Henry Cobb and Philip Johnson, among others, and was a visiting artist at Brown University in 1989.
Van Keuren completed a poetry residency at the Vermont Studio Center in March 2007. His book Monody: Selected Poems 1978–2009 was published in conjunction with the exhibition "Philip Van Keuren: Forty Years of Works on Paper 1969–2009" at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) in Dallas, TX. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1971, including a one person show at the IPA Gallery/Islensk grafik, Reykjavík, Iceland, in 2011.