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A stranger every time at 12.26 Oct.8-Nov.19, 2022 


Dallas Art Fair with 12.26 April 2022


 Little Visitors at Best Western, Santa Fe - April 2-30, 2022 



Romantik with Janet Werner at 12.26 April 17-May 15, 2021 

notcancelled.art with 12.26 May 23- May 30, 2020

PROJECT ROOM,  February 23 - March 30, 2019,  Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX

Still they Persist at LMAK Gallery, New York City, NY October 17- November 3, 2018



Button/Crowns,  Cliff Gallery Mountainview College, Oct 6 - Nov 6, 2018



Soft Orbit at Dallas Contemporary April - August 2017


detail of installation of Soft Orbit. Individual works left to right: Lucy, Ada, and Celine. photo credit: Kevin Todora

Keer Tanchak’s work is a discernible exploration of the canon of painting. Sampling historical artworks and appropriating recognizable techniques and genres, Tanchak honestly proves that emulation is essential for painting - a medium that has always operated in a web of tradition and mass cultural references. While engaging with past epochs such as French rococo or European avant–garde, Tanchak often zooms in on marginalized personages in mise-en-scènes, thus infusing the figures with stronger messages and bringing to light the politics of representation.

In her first museum solo exhibition, curated by Dallas Contemporary Assistant Curator Lilia Kudelia, Keer Tanchak creates a site specific installation embracing the architecture and history of the building - the metal fabrication factory. This new body of work aims to push the boundaries of display by engaging the entire physical body through the unification of painting and sculptural installation with shiny aluminum which has continually replaced canvas in Tanchak’s artistic practice. The installation functions as a metaphorical X-ray machine which exposes the basic elements of the painting language: the expressiveness of brushwork, the emotive nature of color, and transcendental quality of scintillating light.

The immersive installation further addresses the way we perceive art history at present – through tiny reproductions on our gadget screens which resemble virtual post-it notes of a digital art history book. The exhibition title “Soft Orbit” references many elements manifested in the show: gravitation to primary sources, production of “satellite narratives” around historical works, recurring motifs throughout Tanchak’s own stylistic evolutions, the act of perceiving through gazing, ophthalmic sensations, and futuristic references to her spaceship-like installation.

text by Lilia Kudelia 




Please join us for our first group FEATURE exhibition. The entire gallery will be devoted to Texas-based artists, Jenaro Goode (Houston), Keer Tanchak (Dallas) and Paul Winker (Dallas). Each artist works with paint as their primary medium— surface, edge and pictorial planes are of concern, but with differing results. Yet, all three comment on and take a position within the historical scope of their chosen format.


DAYADAHAHA at Beefhaus Dallas, TX - curated by Jesse Morgan Barnett September 2016     

LOOK ATTRACTIVE, UMCK Gallery, Nov 2012 - Jan 2013    

Featured artists:

The UMKC Gallery of Art's newest exhibition, Look Attractive, will be on view from November 8, 2012 through January 14, 2013. This exhibition features work from seven national and international artists who address the subject of attraction. Look Attractive investigates the convergence of physical, biological, cultural, environmental and societal influences on beauty, all of which ultimately determine our choice of mate. Paralleling this interchange of external and internal factors in human courtship are the similar reactions we have to pieces of art that we find attractive.

The exhibition offers several diverse interpretations. Jane Almirall's experience of motherhood led her to study the conflicting forces of devotion, heartbreak, and aversion. Max Key's highly decorated canvases reflect society's adoration for commercial gaudiness, which often acts as a veneer for more unpleasant realities. Carol-Anne McFarlane's provocative illustrations serve as a harsh-but also humorous-criticism of the "male gaze". Kate O'Donovan Cook's theatrical self-portraits question the nature of identity. Keer Tanchak's rococo-inspired paintings juxtapose the classical and the modern, comparing the decadent and fantastic culture of 18th century France to our present existence. Dawn Woolley's illusionistic photographs are a striking testament to artificiality and idealization, voyeurism and exhibitionism. Finally, Erin Zerbe's video performances unabashedly target issues of fatness, sexuality, and body policing.

The Salon Series at MDW Fair, Chicago, Friday, Nov. 9 - Sunday, Nov. 11


The Salon Series at MDW Fair
Friday, Nov. 9 - Sunday, Nov. 11
Mana Contemporary Chicago
2233 S. Throop • Chicago, IL • 60608

The Salon Series asked eight alumni exhibitors to collaborate on a body of work that addresses the concept of editioning or multiples, and reflects the decisions, edits and play that occur as two practices work together toward a common resolution.

Leslie Baum / Allison Wade / Sarah Hicks / Keer Tanchak / Mary Robnett
Mike Nudelman / JC Steinbrunner / Jeff Zimmerman

"The Salon Series is one of the most intellectually
stimulating events we've attended in Chicago."

—The Chicagoist, 16 June 2012

Peep: a curious look into painting,  Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA, May 4th-23rd, 2012




Curated by Alana Bograd

Presented as though emerging from a hiding place to view a wide variety of surprises, this special painting exhibition invites viewers to crawl out of their spaces and get to know the worlds of artists from Chicago, Dubrovnik, Los Angeles, New York City, and Philadelphia. Take a gander, have a look-see, peer and peek this one out, it’s perfect for viewing all day long.

Artists: Farrell Brickhouse, David Campbell, Marybeth Chew, Damien Crisp, Sarah Gamble, Jordan Graw, Selma Hafizovic, Todd Keyser, John Kilduff, Doron Langberg, Shanjana Mahmud, Matt Savitsky, Woohyun Shim, Keer Tanchak, and Ben Will


little berlin is located in the Viking Mill, a historic textile-mill turned artist space in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia located at Boston St. at Coral St. – enter through the courtyard at Coral St.

Remasters at PLUG PROJECTS November 2011


featuring Joshua Bienko, Erin O'Keefe, Keer Tanchak, Travis Shaffer
November 18th, 2011 - January 7th, 2012

“Remasters” highlights artists whose work is not only colored by, but directly referencing art ancestry. Artists chosen for this show acknowledge the influence of their predecessors, and embrace the nature of art and culture as cumulative. They create work that is unmistakably contemporary, while simultaneously appreciating and commenting on work that “came before”. When discussing the artists in “Remasters,” it is important to analyze their positions on appropriation. As Nicolas Bourriaud states, “Appropriation constructs a lineage between forms, signs and images.” This view is strongly apparent to the artists in the exhibition who use this practice as a model for building conceptual direction. The separation between their practices becomes an issue of semantics as they start to become either “borrowers” or “samplers.”

Yasamin Keshtkar and Keer Tanchak at Dean Project, March 2011

press release info click here

VIEW: The New Contemporaries, Elissa Cristall Gallery January 2011

VIEW: the new contemporaries

Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver B.C.

press release click here

Salon Series at the Bluebird, curated by JC Steinbrunner, September 2010

Dinner and Wine pairings with artist Keer Tanchak
Sunday, Sept 12 & 19, 7pm, $40


The Bluebird presents The Salon Series with Keer Tanchak

The Salon Series is beginning its fall/winter season at The Bluebird this Sunday and we start it with Keer Tanchak's work. Tanchak's oil on aluminum paintings range from the small to the very large. Both will be on display as well as preparatory watercolors.

Keer's paintings have a foundation in the Rococo fête galante paintings of Watteau and Fragonard but quickly depart into something more modern and weird. Her works blend a political side (are we living with a new aristocracy?), a painterly side (the tension of surface and volume, specificity versus atmosphere) and a refreshingly odd side (what's going on here and why does it matter?).

The $40 entry fee includes aperitifs, a three-course dinner with sides and wine/beer pairings per course, and a discussion with the artist about her work. The event starts promptly at 7pm.

Tickets are $40 a person. Reservations required.

About The Salon Series
The Salon Series was inspired by the fashionable gatherings of 17th century as well as post-war Paris. Intellectuals, artists and social luminaries would gather to discuss topics of culture, politics and art. Motivated by the recession and our digital age, The Salon Series continues that creative legacy of exchanging ideas while providing artists with a venue to share and converse about their work. The result is a lively and engaging discussion about art, wine and more over a great meal with interesting people.

Each Salon seats up to forty people and includes a three-course, passed dinner with wine pairings followed by a forum led by the artist and moderated by John Coyle Steinbrunner. Dinners are held at The Bluebird on Sundays at 7pm.


JULY 2010


review by Dewitt Cheng in Art Ltd. Magazine


Still Dreaming Life, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver B.C.   May 29 - June 19, 2010            

Elissa Cristall Gallery presents a solo exhibition by Chicago-based artist Keer Tanchak.
Still Dreaming Life
May 29 - June 19, 2010

Opening reception: Saturday May 29th, 2 - 5 pm

For more information and images please visit the gallery web site:


Elissa Cristall Gallery

2245 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3G1


The Velveteen Order, Johansson Projects, April 2 – May 15, 2010



Johansson Projects presents The Velveteen Order, where powder and paint mask flesh in favor of fiction, serving up Rococo thrills yummier than brioche.

Christina Corfield crafts moving dioramas which flaunt the brush of a gaze and the stroke of a sword. Her videos hyperbolize the Old Regime's pretend-sion, ignoring distinctions between historical documentation and fairy tale musings. Redundancy and stripped down actions append significance to the subtlest minutiae. Keer Tanchak's aluminum glamscapes, which mix 1800's lackadaisical malaise with the 2000's self-awareness, quietly invite circumspection of modern wealth and frivolity. Tanchak's exploitation of Old France's artificial flavoring sweetens the modern epidemic dubbed "bourgeois ennui." With seductive visuals and witty commentary, absolutism was never so liberating.


Exporting Pop: A Western Fantasy, Dean Project, Kuwait Art Foundation, May 10th - July 10th, 2009


Kuwait Art Foundation, special DEAN PROJECT curated exhibition in Kuwait City & Dubai








RoCoCoPoP, Dean Project, New York City, NY February 19th - March 22nd 2009

DEAN PROJECT is pleased to announce a special two-gallery collaboration between Crossing Art, Flushing Queens, and DEAN PROJECT, Long Island City Queens, in presenting the group exhibition RoCoCoPoP.

RoCoCoPoP press release PDF  



Pleasure Paintings: Phyllis Bramson, Lorraine Peltz, and Keer Tanchak, Elmhurst Art Museum , IL     

Elmhurst Art Museum
150 Cottage Hill Ave
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 834-0202


Windbag , oil on aluminum, 2008

November 2008

The Elissa Cristall Gallery presents CHEER!. This special exhibition presents new work in painting, photography and mixed media work by gallery artists Eric Deis, Maryan Eggermont, Elena Evanoff, Lesley Inlayson, Joe Fleming, Marcia Harris, Anda Kubis, Riki Kuropatwa, Randall Steeves, Bruc Turnbul, Jeroen Witvliet and introduces three new artists: Keer Tanchak, Yang Hong and Linda Murphy.

The exhibition runs from Nov. 22 - Jan. 10, 2009, with a reception Saturday Nov. 29 from 2-6 p.m.

Elissa Cristall Gallery, 2245 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC Canada V6H 3G1
t: 604.730.9611 e: info@CristallGallery.com


Tuesday - Saturday10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday, 1 -5 pm

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------October 2008

In the footsteps of The Magenta Foundation's successful Carte Blanche Volume 1: Photography, the foundation is happy to announce Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting.
In this volume, we see the diversity of Canadian painting from two hundred of Canada's best and most promising artists, selected by a jury of renowned arts professionals. This showcase of work is an example of the talent that exists in Canada, rarely displayed and long overdue.

Internationally recognized painters such as Tony Scherman, James Lahey, Karin Davie, John Hall, Harold Klunder, Tony Urquhart, Shelley Adler, Graham Gillmore, Jay Isaac, Chris Cran, John Hartman, Kim Moodie, Will Gorlitz, and David Urban are just some of the names making up this list of two hundred selected painters.

The two outstanding volumes of Carte Blanche will help change the perceptions of Canadians-and the world-about artistic achievement in Canada.

Canadian author Jane Urquhart contributes a thoughtful and timely foreword to the book. Her fiction has been published in more than a dozen countries and has earned awards and honors, including the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, the Marian Engel Prize, the Trillium Award, the Harbourfront International Festival Prize, and France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger.


September 2008

“Introduction: Future Dialogues” at DEAN PROJECT, Long Island City, New York
September 27th – November 2nd

Included Artists:

Ryan Bartley
Karlos Carcamo
Adin de Masi
Bryan Drury
Jason Dunda
Carl Eckhoff
J.J. Garfinkel
Quintin Gonzalez
Erika Harrsch Nicholas Kashian
Nickolas Lascot
Dan Levenson
Colette Murphy
Jacob Ouillette
Carol Peligian
Keer Tanchak
Mary Ting

The opening party will take place on Saturday September 27th from 6-9pm.

DEAN PROJECT is thrilled to present “Introduction: Future Dialogues”; this group exhibition presents works by selected emerging artists whom will be part of DEAN PROJECT gallery program 2008-2009.

In our commitment in providing a platform to emerging artists we have selected from hundreds of submissions and dozens of studio visits over our first year DEAN PROJECT has curated “Introduction: Future Dialogues”. This group exhibition consists of paintings and works on paper by seventeen emerging artists whose works we are proud to introduce.

The artists in this exhibition will be part of the art fairs and gallery program during the 2008-2009 season. These artists represent a reflection of current ideas in contemporary art; mass and social popular culture, materiality and process in painting and works based on personal narratives.

These artists will be included in the following exhibitions; Scope London art fair Oct 16-19, Scope Miami art fair December 3-7, “BaRoC&OcoPop” January 8th -February 8th 2009 an exhibition of works based on the current trend of linking imagery from Baroque, Rococo and Pop art movements to address contemporary popular culture ideas in art. In addition “Of Another Nature” from February 12th - March 8th 2009, which explores the use of mythological and fictional references by contemporary artists to develop narratives in their work fueled by personal experiences.

wild child, oil on aluminum, 20 x 28 inches, 2008

       July 2008

      New Work from Five Canadian Painters

      Keer Tanchak, Robert Scott McMillan, Jay Gazley, Christopher Kukura, and Chantal Roussaeu.

      can be seen at Third Avenue Gallery formerly called Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery

      1727 West Third Ave. Vancouver, Canada

      from July 3 - August 2, 2008

      austrian drama , oil on aluminum, 18 x 18 inches, 2008
June 2008

Look for my work at the DEAN PROJECT booth at SCOPE Basel in Switzerland this year.

     Basel – SCOPE, the cutting-edge contemporary art fair, returns for the second year to
      Basel in a new venue, a 60,000 square foot glass pavilion situated on the Rhine.
      Within walking distance of Art Basel 39, SCOPE will present its most international fair
      yet, showcasing 85 galleries from all over the world.

     New Location
     Uferstrasse 80
     CH-4057 Basel

     Open June 3-8 2008

     Tuesday, June 3, 1pm-8pm
     Wednesday, June 4 10am–8pm
     Thursday, June 5 10am–8pm
     Friday, June 6 10am–8pm
     Saturday, June 7 10am–8pm
     Sunday, June 8 10am–6pm



    war morning, oil on aluminum, 2008

      April 2008:

       CIRCA Puerto Rico
International Art Fair
       April 11 - 14th


      DEAN PROJECT booth #A3:

      Ryan Bartley, Rachel Beach, Alison Byrnes, Reet Das, Nick Ghiz, Erika Harrsch, Nicholas Kashian,
      Phillip Maberry, Adelaide Paul, Keer Tanchak



       round and bound, oil on aluminum, 24 x 17.25 inches, 2008

       March 2008:

Exporting Pop: A Western Fantasy


       Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September-November 2008
       New York Preview: March 20th - April 29th
       Opening reception: Saturday March 29th, 6-9pm

       45-43 21st Street, Long Island City, New York, Tel. 718.706.1462 - info@deanproject.com
       Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday noon - 7pm & Monday by appointment


       November 2007

       My work is featured in Jean Pierre Cuzin and Dimitri Salmon's new book on the sources
       and posterity of Fragonard.

       'Fragonard, regards croisés' published by Edition Mengès is now available:

       here or here

       please contact me or any of the galleries representing me if you are not able to procure it.

October 2007:

Brand new work from the 'war painting series' will be shown at the Bjornson Kajiwara booth #1004 at the Toronto International Art Fair this weekend.


August 2007:

Images from Sampling..., at the Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery are up on the 2007 page.
And look out for issue #71 of New American Paintings coming out August 24th, 2007.

June 2007:

Montreal - June1st to July 3rd, 2007- Selected Paintings at Hotel Gault 449, rue Sainte-Hélène   


April 2007:

galerie sandra goldie

1360 Avenue Greene
Montréal, Québec H3Z 2B1
Tel: (514) 935–2355
Tuesday to Friday: 11–6 Saturday: 11–5


EXHIBITION:                Keer Tanchak: The Idea of Reflection

DATES:                       April 10 – 21, 2007

VERNISSAGE:            Thursday April 12, 2007 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

CONTACT:                  Sandra Goldie at (514) 935-2355 for media material

The Sandra Goldie Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring work by Canadian artist Keer Tanchak.  Tanchak’s new paintings continue to use 18th century French images as the starting point for investigations into Rococo visual culture.

Previously, the artist revisited the fete galante, or groupings of pastoral figures, as fairgrounds of desire, artifice and anticipation.  Her current fascination revolves around the idea of reflection: as both a pictorial device and a self-reflective state. Figures bathe in clear ponds, gaze in the mirror, or lose themselves in deep thought.  Above all they are absorbed in the act of looking at themselves, essentially serving as their own viewers, and leaving them unaware of their status as subjects.

This drama of absorption is playfully mirrored by the actual reflective surfaces of the aluminum sheets upon which Tanchak paints.  The materiality of the aluminum is emphasized by techniques of masking, burnishing and glazing.  Alternately obscured and revelatory, the aluminum deepens the mystery and ambiguity of the idea of reflection.

A 2003 MFA graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Tanchak completed her BFA at Concordia University in Montreal in 2000.  She has exhibited in London, Montreal, Tampa, Chicago, Toronto and San Antonio.  Currently, she is included in Biennial 24 at the South Bend Museum of Art in Indiana and will be showing new paintings this June with Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery in Vancouver B.C.  In September, a piece by Tanchak will be included and referenced in an upcoming publication titled Fragonard, Regards croisés written by Jean Pierre Cuzin and Dimitri Salmon of the Musee du Louvre in Paris.

Text by Allison Katz, 2007

December 2007:

Keer Tanchak: Lifted Pictures

December 1, 2006 - January 6, 2007
Opening Reception - Friday, December 1 from 6-9 pm

1039 West Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60607
phone: 312.421.5506 , fax: 312.421.5507
Tuesday - Saturday 12-6pm

Contact:          Director Ryan Schulz        312.421.5506 or ryan@navtaschulzgallery.com
Press and photographic material is available upon request.

Chicago, IL - NavtaSchulz Gallery is pleased to announce Lifted Pictures, an exhibition of paintings by Chicago-based painter Keer Tanchak. This will be Tanchak's first solo show in Chicago.  

The title Lifted Pictures is a reference to the artist's penchant for quoting characters from 18thcentury Rococo paintings (specifically those by Jean-Antoine Watteau). Of her chosen subject, Tanchak writes "The 18th century fascination with decadence and romance, and the subsequent political implications of these obsessions, remains a relevant, on-going cultural narrative. My paintings operate within this dialogue, exploring questions of desire and gratification in spaces of extended longing."

One specific series of paintings to be exhibited at NavtaSchulz, titled Chicago Girl, is based on two characters found in Watteau's once-contested Fete Champetre, one of two paintings by Watteau in the Art Institute's permanent collection. Typically Tanchak's paintings are complex social scenes of parties or gatherings. With acute attention to detail and color, the figures appear as apparitions of the subconscious while the backgrounds disorient with color and abstraction. This exhibition presents those more complicated paintings in contrast with Tanchak's ongoing series of intimate character studies.

What is often so intriguing about Tanchak’s paintings is the tension created between her choice of material, (hand-cut aluminum) and her subject matter, (the female). The compositions are at once intuitive and refined; vulnerable and domineering. This industrial and moderne material not only acts as field and architecture for these frolicking and carefree women, but it also acts as accomplice to their mood. The artist often chooses to allow the reflective nature of the material to take the light of the exhibition space and fill in gaps in the characters bodies: faces blush during the day but become demure in the evening, skirts billow as the viewer travels past a piece. Once the composition is finished, Tanchak buffs the surface of the painting with thin layers of paint or she feathers on thin layers of white glaze. In this final step, previously unseen forms and gestures are lifted out and become essential to the picture.

Tanchak is a 2003 MFA graduate of the School at the Art Institute of Chicago. She also received a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal in 2000. She has exhibited in London, Montreal, Tampa, Chicago, Toronto, and San Antonio.



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