“Tools of Desire” expresses Brenner’s vision of multi-tools. Starting with potentially functional combinations, the theme evolves to fanciful tools that are visually interesting and often humorous. Brenner assembles the tools by hand and photographs them on different backgrounds using natural light.
In “Color, Shadow, Shape,” Brenner’s early love of silk-screen prints and serigraphs comes alive. He separated the object, the shadow and the surface of his original black and white photographs and applied his own unique sense of color. The resulting images evoke the graphic confidence of 1960’s-70’s pop art.
Keith Brenner sees light and shadow differently.
In his series, “Bending Shadows” and “Color, Shadow, Shape,” he has created two entirely different views of the same image.
Focusing on common objects, Brenner photographed an array of extraordinary shadows from a single light source: the sun. The intense direct light of Boulder’s early mountain sun creates vivid and complex shadows. “Bending Shadows,” is a minimalist black and white view reminiscent of photography of the 1920’s and 30’s. Photographers such as Man Ray, Kertesz, Steichen and others were also often attracted to common things in their daily environment.