Jear Keokham is an artist, creative, writer, educator, and independent curator. He was born in Oakland, CA and currently splits his time living in the East Bay and working in San Francisco. Keokham graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018 with a BA in Art and a History of Art minor. From his studies, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in New Genres, inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, and was recognized for High Distinction in General Scholarship. Keokham was a Creative Dissent Fellow in Escuela de Arte Útil at YBCA in 2017, and the 2018 summer Curatorial Intern for Contemporary Art at SFMOMA. He has been included in exhibitions at the Worth Ryder Art Gallery in Berkeley, Southern Exposure, and Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, in addition to various alternative art spaces across the Bay Area. He is currently a Root Division Studio Artist having joined in 2018 and will use his time there to meditate on new work berfore transitioning into a graduate program.

Artist Statement: 
By alchemizing truths extracted from lived nuances and written languages, Keokham actively cites histories and speculative futures through a research based process appropriated from various fields of study. His interests in philosophy, politics, and popular culture are also fermented into his lexicon. Often times, humor and poetic tropes will surface as conveniences in some work while critical intensities are central to others. With a concentration that is both pseudo in nature and pragmatic in means, Keokham seeks to marry elements of unlikely harmony to confront power structures, social stratifications, and symbolic positionalities in cryptic gestures. His guide to art making is that his work needs not to be understood as art in order for it to function and that function itself needs not to be a prerequisite for existence. The meditation of this principle allows Keokham to continually aspire toward free expression as a conceptualist.