Casey McKee‘s art is a balance between painting and photography. After years and years of experimentation and trial and error, his technique has reached perfection, which we can see in his latest series of works The Machine Stops.
Casey was born in Phoenix, Arizona and then moved to Berlin, where he now lives and works. Over time he has managed to develop a unique creative process that combines painting and photography. Photography is the basis of his work. Thanks to the use of liquid photographic emulsions, Casey can print his photos on different materials. Starting with raw wood and handmade paper, he managed to print on canvas. From this came the brilliant idea of incorporating painting, which has gradually become more and more dominant.
The interaction between the two media is so perfect that it is no longer possible to distinguish where photography ends, and painting begins.
A good example is his latest series The Machine Stops. The protagonist of these works is a lonely astronaut who wanders through unknown lands. His state vaguely recalls Meursault, the protagonist of The Stranger by Camus. The title of the series is taken from the novel with the same name by E.M. Foster, in which people are no longer able to live on the surface of the Earth. Like the astronaut who, thanks to the best technology, manages to get to distant and unknown places, but then finds himself alone, we, thanks to the internet and social networks, follow and know everything, but remain forever isolated. To start again the only solution is to stop the machine in which we are perpetually immersed. This series is currently located at the Space K gallery in Seoul, where it will remain until October 26, 2018.