Gavin Kenyon, Installation view at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, 2014

Gavin Kenyon

Gavin Kenyon

Shrouds

April 19 – May 26, 2017
New York

Gavin Kenyon

January 11 – February 15, 2014
Los Angeles

Biography

Gavin Kenyon (b. 1980, Binghamton, NY) experiments with form and materials to produce organically structured bodies of mass. His chosen mediums have included cement, concrete, ceramic, stitched canvas, vinyl, leather and fur, found objects, and more recently cast iron and bronze. Kenyon often begins his process by sewing fabrics together to form sacks, which he then fills with plaster and/or cement and ties and binds with rope while the material inside is still liquid. The fabrics are torn away once the plaster dries, leaving patterns and fabric remnants. The resulting structures allude to architectural forms while retaining a biomorphic sensibility. 

His more recent cast iron and bronze body of work draws on two distinct traditions in art making: Minimalist sculpture and American quilting. Following the “gentleman’s fancy” quilting block pattern, Kenyon stitches gessoed linens into quilts that are then blanketed over found objects. The quilts are subsequently translated into a hard metal, whereupon Kenyon relinquishes the objects beneath, rendering the quilts’ protective function obsolete. The works are then cast as brute, monochromatic, sculpted voids, reliquaries of vanished objects. His work converges elements of substance and void, figuration and conceptualism, architecture and biomorphism.

Kenyon received a BFA from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. His work has been exhibited internationally, including in solo exhibitions at the Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy (2015), and MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY (2014). Two exhibitions have been dedicated to the artist’s work at Blum & Poe, New York, NY (2017) and in Los Angeles, CA (2014). Kenyon currently lives and works in New York, NY.

Selected Works

News

Flash Art: Gavin Kenyon

05/24/2017

Purple Magazine: Gavin Kenyon

10/01/2016

Dazed: Stitching the Body with Gavin Kenyon

02/18/2015

Mousse Magazine: Gavin Kenyon “Lift your head, give me the best side of your face” at Museo Marino Marini, Florence

02/07/2015

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