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Kimberly Hennessy
updated: 06/22/2010
website: www.kimberlyhennessy.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Portfolio Keywords:  collage, repetition, humor
 
 
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ephemera
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watercolor, acrylic, highlighter, graphite on paper and the wall
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watercolor, acrylic, highlighter, graphite on paper and the wall
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felt letters, felt, balsa and paper collage, wall
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watercolor, acrylic on paper, ephemera
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watercolor and acrylic on paper, laquered picture frame
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mushroom container, zip ties, thread
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cardboard, paper fringe, drawings, ephemera
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Artist Statement

My work consistently bestrides the opposing positions of slack versus tight, exclusive versus banal, precise versus chaotic, micro versus macro, and cheery versus spooky. The paintings depict strings of flags flying aloft one moment and then nettled in an unruly mound the next.  Lines are pulled taught and then abruptly (apathetically? disappointedly?)  left flaccid.  Fastidiously detailed drawings are eclipsed by an impulsively thrown hand holding a big paintbrush full of cheap paint.  Spaces feel simultaneously cavernous and claustrophobic.  Moods swing from manic (hot pink razzle-dazzle stripes, piles of first place blue ribbons, faint traces of glitter) to depressed (ambiguously shaped black scaly masses, one lone string curling the floor, an overturned cardboard box).


My studio practice involves no hierarchical charts of materials, methodologies or deliverables.  The cardboard fruit box I keep the painting in might have just as great a chance of making the show as the painting itself (in fact, it did).  I’ll spend weeks on a “grand” painting, but then have the same satisfaction from placing an oily bakery bag next to a blue gardening cushion.  Some of my most carefully detailed works on fine paper look best when overlapped by trash. Some of my stuff belongs on the floor.  Putting a raw material, like cardboard packaging, next to a labored-over painting is at once fresh, obvious, laid-back, timeless, historical, and complete.  It makes the line between Art and Real Life a little foggier.  It feels like when frayed jeans effortlessly make an otherwise expensive outfit sing. My personal history, in relation to my feelings about transience, immediacy, and disposability, has made this attraction to ambiguity especially relevant.                                                              

 

-Kimberly Hennessy, 2009

 

Artist Bio / CV

Kimberly Hennessy                            www.kimberlyhennessy.com                       

Education:  

2009 MFA, Painting, University of Massachusetts , Amherst

2006 BFA, Painting, University of Cincinnati, School of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning  

Selected Exhibitions:

* Denotes Solo Show 

 Upcoming in 2010 - 2012

 

Two-Person Shows at:   The Project Space, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX (November, 2010)   Chester F. Sidell Gallery, Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA (May, 2011)   Las Vegas Contemporary Art Center, Las Vegas, NV (June, 2011)   SCA Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM (July, 2011)

   Arts Place, Portland, IN (January, 2012)

 

Current

 Brave New World, Adam Lister Gallery, Fairfax, VA

 

Indigenous Playground, Vellum Online, www.v-e-l-l-u-m.com

 

2010

 Lack Blight, 31 Norfolk Street, Boston, MA

 

Mere Complexities, Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 

Gesture, Hopkins Hall Gallery, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

 

Connective Thread, Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 

2009

 

2009 CoCA Annual, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA (2-person show at the Belltown Gallery)

 

Boston Does Boston III, Proof Gallery, Boston, MA

 

Umass/RISD Exchange, Benson Hall Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Boston Young Contemporaries, the 808 Gallery, Boston University , Boston , Massachusetts

*BANG!, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 

2008

Boston Young Contemporaries, the 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

More is More, the Student Union Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst , MA

Thanks for Your Support, the Student Union Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

2007

*Relationships, Essential Design, Boston , Massachusetts

The Fantastical, the Student Union Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

Counterpoints, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst , Massachusetts

The Condom Show, Naked Duck Gallery, Brooklyn, New York