editor Joseph F. Keppler.
F. Keppler is a multidisciplinary artist. His media are steel,
drawing, and creative critical writing.
his sculptor-brother, Robert A. Keppler died in 1992, ending their
collaborations and fabrications, he acquired his welding certification
through the Boiler Makers Union facility at South Seattle College’s
Georgetown campus. His present welding studio-shop, where he
performs the gritty, industrial, sculptural processes, is located near
the Ship Canal in Seattle. He finishes sculptures in studios
at his two West Seattle residences, which serve as his galleries.
Jackson Street and Occidental Avenue South exhibited his steel work
continuously with indigenous African Art until KIBO closed
its doors some years ago. Other sculptural exhibitions include
three solo shows at Zeitgeist in
Pioneer Square, the most recent being a two-month show in September
and October 2014; one group show and two solo shows at Form-Space-Light
Fremont; a two-person, Autumn 2011 exhibition at the Rock/DeMent gallery
in Pioneer Square; as well as other small solo and group shows in
Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, Canada.
is crucial to his sculpture and nourishes his thoughts and vision. He
draws from life and art. He thoughtfully experiments with drawing. For
example, on a train ride across the continent from Seattle to Montreal
he purposely drew with various media the passing scenes in order to
study how differently landscape is perceived from a moving rather than
a stationary perspective. On other travels he used his laptop’s
word-processing software to draw Correspondance
(a sketchbook), a
2009 book about art and artists. Recent published drawings and
graphic art accompany his philosophical essay, Rewriting
a Pre-Socratic Chorus/Remixing Verbal+Visual Lines.
several years he was both a freelance book reviewer for the Seattle
that newspaper had a Sunday book section, and an audiobook reviewer
for the American Library Association. He has also been a free
lance critic for many small art and literary publications. Currently
he is contributing editor for E·ratio, an
internet arts journal from New York. Among others in E·ratio are
his following writings: Mallarmé
examines the Seattle art exhibits and articles prompted by Stéphane
Mallarmé’s A Throw of the Dice; Fall
Collection from Seattle, which
concerns art walks, poetry as paper sculpture, and his artist’s talk
given in Vancouver, Canada; and Sparring
in Seattle with Time, Space, Art, and Minds, which
perseveres through several rounds with historical and philosophical
mother, Maria M. Nassauer was a young kindergarten teacher who survived
the Allied bombing on Frankfurt, Germany, and his father, Joseph R.
Keppler was a Corporal in the Public Relations Division in the United
States Forces European Theater. Joseph was born in Philadelphia
on December 27, 1949 and grew up in its ghettoes with its various ethnic
and racial divides. He married Jane Bernadette Campbell on October
6, 1973 and has four children. He emigrated with his young family
to Seattle in 1979.
studied art, literature, and philosophy at Temple University, graduating
in 1972. Then his living art education began. He studied
and sculpted on his own and with his younger brother, Robert, who after
graduating from UC San Diego moved to Seattle in part to work with
him. Travels throughout North America and Europe have broadened
his skills and thinking. He continues studying and practicing
art, literature, and philosophy.
critically observes the art world locally and globally, historically
and currently. He works for an ideal community but without any
real community. Fame is fleeting and anonymity is in some ways
a blessing. He has no expectations but to sculpt, draw, and write.
A Presocratic Chorus / Remixing Verbal + Visual Lines .pdf
Sampling Text Threads Tied Together in Seattle (How
Much Are People Ideas?) .pdf
in Seattle with Time, Space, Art, and Minds .pdf
Collection from Seattle .pdf
Mallarmé Project .pdf
(a sketchbook) .pdf
poems with Joseph F. Keppler .pdf