Erin O'Keefe

Erin O’Keefe’s photographs ask questions about the nature of spatial perception. She uses tools rooted in the abstract and formal language she developed while working as an architect. O’Keefe is interested in the inevitable distortion introduced by the camera when an object is translated from three to two dimensions—causing misalignment and misapprehension for the viewer.


Erin O’Keefe was born in Bronxville, New York in 1962. She holds a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University in New York City and a BFA from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Solo and two-person exhibitions of O’Keefe’s work include: Erin O’Keefe at Galería Leyendecker in Tenerife, Spain (2021); Certain Things at Seventeen Gallery in London, UK (2020); Seeing Things at Denny Dimin Gallery in New York City (2019); Erin O’Keefe and Matt Mignanelli at Denny Dimin Gallery Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China (2019); Ecstatic Vernacular, with Matt Kleberg, at Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York City (2018); Book of Days at Denny Gallery in New York City (2017); Things as They Are at Gallery Jones in Vancouver, Canada (2016); Things as They Are at Denny Gallery, New York City (2015); and Natural Disasters at Platform Gallery in Seattle, Washington (2015).

Group exhibitions that have shown O’Keefe’s work include: Interior Constructs, curated by Martin Schoeller & Rebecca Soderholm, at Projekt 105 in New York City (2021); Ways of Seeing Abstraction - Works from the Deutsche Bank Collection at PalaisPopulaire in Berlin, Germany (2021); Conversations in Colour at Cooke Latham Gallery in London, UK (2020); Triple Play at Steve Turner Gallery in Los Angeles, California (2020); AND/ALSO: Photography (mis)represented at Kasmin in New York City (2020); Joy before the object, curated by Hoxton Distillery, at Seventeen Gallery London in UK (2019); Paperworks at Albada Jelgersma Gallery in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2019); 20 x 16 at Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York City (2019); Invariants at Ampersand Gallery in Portland, Oregon (2018); The Wing in Washington, DC (2018); The Garage in Charlottesville, Virginia (2018); Painters & Photographers, curated by Jamilee Lacy, at Providence College Galleries in Providence, Rhode Island (2017); New York, New Work at Albada Jelgersma in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2017); Translucent at McKenzie Fine Art in New York City (2017); The Self on the Shelf, curated by Rob de Oude, at SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York City (2017); Press One For Show, curated by Robert Otto epstein, at Lorimoto Gallery in Ridgewood, New York City (2017); UNTITLED., with Denny Gallery, in San Francisco, California (2017); and Photo II at Transmitter Gallery in Brooklyn, New York (2017).

O’Keefe’s work is in the collections of: the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio; the Deutsche Bank in London, UK; Donatella Versace in Milan, Italy; the Mead Art Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts; the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City; the Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar, the Netherlands; New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, California; and the Progressive Art Collection in Mayfield, Ohio.

In 2019, O’Keefe was the recipient of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Photography. In 2015, the artist was named one of Photo District News’ 30 Photographers to Watch for 2015. O’Keefe was an NYFA Finalist Fellow in Photography in 2013, as well as a Hey Hot Shot winner, awarded by Jen Bekman Gallery in New York City. In  2010, the artist was first in the Camera Club of New York (CCNY) Photography Competition, juried by James Casebere.

A limited-edition book of O’Keefe’s artwork, Built Work, was published in 2020 by Jane and Jeremy, Brighton, UK. The artist’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including: Artforum; The Paris Review; Harper’s Magazine; The Village Voice; Vogue; The New Yorker; The Huffington Post; Wired; and VICE; among others.

O’Keefe lives and works in New York City.