Nature Shoots Photographer

PYRO Gallery and Louisville Photo Biennial present an Exhibition of the photographic work of Keith Auerbach.

PYRO Gallery
1006 East Washington
Louisville, Kentucky 40206


Sept. 12 - Oct. 4, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12, 6-9 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, September 14, 1-2 pm
First Friday: October 4, 12-9 pm
Exhibition Closes: Saturday, October 19, 6 pm

When a tornado ripped through Louisville in 2004, a huge pine tree crashed onto the roof of my photography studio and rain poured onto photographs and negatives. Heat and humidity produced a hot house atmosphere.

Photographic emulsions liquefied, ink dyes ran together, and the entire mess began to decay. As I tried to rescue my work, I pulled photos and negatives apart and -- quite unexpectedly -- was intrigued by unusual patterns and colors. I felt an “artistic thrill” as I imagined the potential for entirely new images. Entranced, I saved several damaged photos and negatives for future exploration.

This exhibit is the result of that exploration. I produced the original photographs using film. Nature then took its turn and created new starting points for me to consider. I discovered extraordinary images and used digital photographic technology to capture the accidental beauty of nature’s impact.

For this exhibit I selected images that represent three stages in my collaboration with the natural forces released by the tornado:

   • Early stage: Images of people captured by film for my original photographs are clearly visible. Humidity and biological decay have begun to transform shapes and color.

   • Intermediate stage: The forces of nature are in control, creating new colors and patterns. Portions of the original photographic image peak through.

   • Late stage: Nature has taken over. The image is abstract with no apparent link to the reality depicted in the original photo. My contribution is the selection and enhancement of images that I found astonishing and mysterious.

PYRO Gallery regular hours:

Thursday: 12-6 PM 
Friday: 12-6 PM 
Saturday: 12-6 PM

PYRO is also open from 1-4 on the First Sunday and open late for first Friday Trolley Hop and for opening receptions!

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Louisville Photo Biennial

Experiments With Light

Digitally created compositions from photos of  light

Sept. 7 - Oct. 21, 2017

PYRO Gallery
1006 East Washington
Louisville, Kentucky 40206


As a photographer I am drawn to light rather than to the object it illuminates. My work begins with a photo that captures reflected, translucent, or diffuse light. I transform that image to produce an unfamiliar view of the familiar. For this show, for example, I created compositions from photos of a beam of light on a lawn at night, early morning sunlight on the wall in a church, and reflected light on a polished aluminum elevator door. I use photographic software to reconstruct my photos, experimenting with shape, color, and the qualities of light. My goal is to create unexpected compositions that evoke mystery and engage the viewer’s imagination.

Beside each framed composition in the exhibit is a card showing the photo that served as raw material for that composition. I encourage viewers to search for elements of the photo that appear in the final composition.

Inside The Experience Of Addiction

Photo Stories On Using, Abusing and Recovery

Pyro Gallery
909 E. Market St.
Louisville, Kentucky 40206

Show Dates: May 14 - June 27, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday May 15, 6 - 9 PM
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12-6 PM
First Friday Trolley Hop: June 5, 6-9 PM

This exhibition takes an empathic look at the nature of addiction - how addicts think, feel and act. The images and words are derived from an amalgam of my clinical and artistic practices.Their juxtapositions are meant to engage and challenge the viewer to discover new connections and insights. My overall goal is to provoke questions, curiosity and discussion.

Thank you to my friends, the professionals and the recovering community, who continue to help me understand addiction and to evolve this art form.

PYRO Gallery
909 East Market Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40206

Show Dates | February 21 – March 30, 2013
Opening Reception | Friday, February 22, 6 – 9 pm
First Friday Trolley Hop | March 1, 6 – 9 pm
Gallery hours | Thursday – Saturday, 12 – 6 pm

The artwork in this exhibition derives from printed texts, hieroglyphs, graffiti, and type fonts which have been transformed into abstract imagery. The unique quality of Gutenberg type morphs into a visual poem. 15th century Latin script twists into fossil forms. The patinated colors of Egyptian hieroglyphs evolve into musical rhythms. A mysterious landscape slips out of a 1940’s geometry textbook. Shell forms and calligraphy spring from the altered page of an 1860’s edition of Les Miserables. The written word becomes an alphabet of visual imagery echoing the printed past with a new and dynamic voice.

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