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Teaneck Native Displays Artwork At Museum Show In Brooklyn

New Milford artist Keith Griffiths. Photo Credit: Submitted
Keith Griffiths' Malicious Mermaid, on display at The Coney Island Museum. Photo Credit: Submitted

NEW MILFORD, N.J. -- Looking for something to do over the holiday season? Check out the artwork of New Milford resident K eith Griffiths whose work is showing at The Coney Island Museum in Brooklyn, N.Y. in a group show called Sodom By The Sea, on display until February 2016.

Griffiths, who grew up in Teaneck and is a 2013 graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, said his work is primarily a combination of sculpture and painting. "While the focus of my works are often different, I'm always drawn to using mixed media foundations to paint on, whether it’s fabric, plastic wrap or a combination of materials to achieve false textures," he said. (Click HERE for previous Daily Voice story.)

He's often inspired by pop culture from America and around the world and then creating pieces incorporating a host of elements so as to create something that has no definite origin.

A recurring element found in his creations is built around different languages. "This is both a way to make the viewer further question or study the work," explained Griffiths. "I've always found it fascinating how viewers take a strong stand as to whether incorporating writing deters the dimension of a piece or enhances it to another level. With this in mind, I love writing in different languages because any language that the viewer isn’t able to read is basically an art."

Griffiths said he always had the desire to create or paint things from an early age, but started to use his art to help others and began receiving commissions in high school. Since then, he's been continuing to broaden his skills in varying mediums and finding different opportunities to develop.

And while his work has been displayed around the area and in Manhattan, this is his first time exhibiting in a museum show. "Having a museum in your repertoire is a very exciting moment and is a great step forward in a career," he said. "That’s not to say I’m not proud of previous shows, because I have learned a lot from many fantastic people in the varying venues, who teach you something about the world around you not just about the art.

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