Y2Y Gallery Highlight: Kathryn Kenworth
- May 9, 2011
- Jeff King
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We proudly welcome Kathryn Kenworth back to Y2Y Gallery for Staging Space, our new exhibition opening Thursday, May 12, 2011 from 6-8pm. She showed with us in 2009 in a collaboration with Sasha Petrenko titled Non*Mart, the beginning of a social experiment and art work aimed at questioning perceptions of economic exchange.
Kathryn’s drawings and cardboard sculptures continue in the same vein. In Staging Space, she presents a series of miniature truck sculptures, loaded down with recycling materials. The subject matter draws attention to the people that subsist by collecting cast-off material, while her use of cardboard highlights its value as the driving currency of an “underground economy” seen on our streets everyday.To create beautiful pencil drawings finished with acrylic paint, Kathryn references her own photographs of trucks, cars, bins and recycling piles seen around the city. As these objects are often overlooked in everyday life, Kathryn brings them to the foreground by isolating the images on white pages. To expand these drawings into three dimensions, Kathryn also creates miniature reproductions of cardboard recycling piles. These precious models re-instate the value of recycled resources to question how our society understands worth, exchange, and compensation.
When we asked Kathryn about the influences behind her work, she explained: “Consumer culture, or rather the backside of consumer culture, is the catalyst for this work. What happens when the products have been shipped, the shopper has bought, and the stores close for the night? What value can be found beyond the consumer ideas of desire? Marxist notions of ‘use value’ and ‘exchange value’ get confused when the object has been used then its value forgotten. A merchant discards cardboard shipping boxes on the street that are then collected by someone who salvages the materials for reuse, bridging a gap between economy and ecology.”
About Kathryn:Kathryn has exhibited her work in the San Francisco Bay Area, at venues including Southern Exposure Gallery, The Lab, Kala Art Institute and Chandra Cerrito Contemporary.Additionally, she has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough NH (2008), Sculpture Space, Utica NY (2002) and Bundanon, New South Wales, Australia (2005). From 2003-2005 she was an affiliate artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito CA.Kathryn has also been awarded grants from Theatre a l’Envers, Rennes FRANCE (2009, 2010), the Leon Levy Foundation, NY (2008), the Pollock-Krasner foundation, NY (2005) and the Bay Area Video Coalition (2002).Kathryn was born and raised in Los Angeles (Hollywood) California and currently lives and works in Oakland, California.
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