Remember when you were a kid and you'd put 25¢ into one of those toy machines and get a bubble of plastic containing a toy? Steve Keene Art is kind of like that. Except they're $8 each and you have to wait a week or so to get it. He paints all day and then ships his work out to whoever buys.

I just got my delivery and I'm..well.. they're very pink. Very pink. I am not big on pink. But that's the way it works. You might or might not like it, take your chances.



What are they painted on?

Andre Torrez

House paint on plywood.


$50 worth of the gumballs no one wants because they make your teeth green. or, in your case, pink. hrm...tempting.

Andre Torrez

They're actually growing on me now that I opened them up. The one of a ship is very fun. Reminds me of Disneyland.

I like them.


Stephen Keene was a big toast of the town a few years back. Right at the cusp of a major Time article, he actually came to Rice Gallery and had a show.

Pretty cool stuff because he was also painting on furniture; his content was pretty much objects, iconography, places on Rice University campus.

But once everyone got word that he was there, it was near impossible for people to buy the art without waiting at least 2+ hr in line. Crazy shit.


i had about 8 of his paintings from rice gallery in houston. i don't know what to do with them. i donated some to some art auctions and still have 3. they are big and they are ugly. i'm not sure what to do with them.


oh what i meant to say is, i like pink! if you ever do come down to austin maybe we can trade. i have one that's mainly blue, and one that is autumny colors. both are of trees and such. the third one is blue a yellow and sparkly looking and it is HUGE. i might keep that one.


He rules. Wowee Zowee, my least favorite Pavement album, has my favorite art. I've got a few of his painting, I first got a few that came free when I bought an Apples In Stereo album from eMusic back in 2000 (before they were a great value, and before they were a ripoff, it worked a lot like the iTunes music store for indie bands). I then ordered one painting from him via his website a year or so later, and he shipped me four at no extra charge. I kept two, and I gave two away as gifts. One of the best $15 I've ever spent.


I always like this quote by Keene: "Painting should be part of people's lives and not separate from the world like a precious object. I feel like a baker making cakes, making a good quality object that's affordable to everyone from college professors to high school kids. I want buying my my paintings to be like buying a CD: It's art, it's cheap and it changes your life, but the object has no status. Musicians create something for the moment, something with no boundaries and that kind of expansiveness is what I want to come across in my work."
sorry for thr double-post

Andre Torrez

I like that quote too. Good guy.


The artomat is a similar concept, only all the art is cigarette-pack sized and is sold in recycled cigarette machines. I know a couple of people who contribute art to these machines. i think there's one of these at the whitney now.

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