Sunday, February 24, 2013

NCECA Conference Exhibition: Jessica Dupuis's "Miniature"

Jessica Dupuis Debuts New Work in “Miniature,” on view at The Kenmore within Gallery 1724, March 21, 2013 – May 31, 2013. The opening reception will take place on March 21, 2012 from 7:00pm to 10:00p.m. The installation will remain on view through May 31, 2013.

This exhibition is in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) taking place in Houston this spring. The ceramic works featured in this exhibition are composed of slip and discarded materials such as newspaper, card and gift boxes.

According to Depuis, “Invisible and visible boxes surround us every day, from the standards of society and institutions to houses,  studios, and offices. Within these structures, individual perceptions and senses vary, just as our memories and attachment to objects differ from one person to another.  For me, the physical form of sculpture functions as a journal; architectural spaces that are open for the viewer to explore.”

Also on view at Gallery 1724 during this exhibition is "Skin Embellished" with the work of Margaret Meehan, Julie Moon, Linda Lopez, and Lindsay Pichaske.

This project is made possible by an Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council with support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.





ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jessica Dupuis received her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010, and her BFA with a concentration in Ceramics and Print Media from Alfred University in 2007. Dupuis exhibits her work regionally and nationally. She has been a resident artist at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Women’s Studio Workshop. She is a recipient of the International Sculpture Center’s 2010 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award and a 2012-2013 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council. 

ABOUT THE KENMORE
Not just another white cube, The Kenmore is a small, cold, mobile exhibition object measuring approximately 36" x 24"x 24". The Kenmore's mission is to keep ideas fresh through the opportunity of a unique exhibition context and the experience of collaborating with an object.

ABOUT GALLERY 1724
Gallery 1724 is a gallery, salon, home, and chicken ranch located in the Houston Museum District at 1724 Bissonnet Street. The space features experimental, rotating exhibitions and salon-type dialogues.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Opening reception: Thursday, March 21, 7-10pm
On view through May 31, 2013
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12pm to 5pm or by appointment
For an appointment, please call 713-523-2547 or 713-582-1198

CONTACT and LOCATION
Emily Sloan
regarding The Kenmore
currently on view at Gallery 1724
1724 Bissonnet St. (between Woodhead and Dunlavy)
Houston, TX 77005
713-582-1198
thekenmore@gmail.com
www.the-kenmore.blogspot.com

Friday, October 19, 2012

Pan Art Fair

Not just another white cube, The Kenmore is a small, cold self-run exhibition object measuring approximately 36"x24"x24". Though it is mobile, it is of late sometimes located at SKYDIVE Art Space in Houston, Texas and recently participated in the Venice Beach Biennale located at the Venice Beach Inn and Suites in Venice, California.

The Kenmore's mission is to keep ideas fresh through providing a unique exhibition context and the experience of collaboration. For the Pan Art Fair, The Kenmore will be "running" under the guidance of its Chief Curator, internationally unknown artist Emily Sloan, and her former lawyer David McClain, Esq.

Despite being apprised of the likely activities which will occur in and around The Kenmore during the Pan Art Fair, Robert Boyd, the founder of the fair, said, "I'm fairly certain I have no idea what they will do, but fuck-it, no one else wanted the fridge."

Part evolving installation, part institutional critique, part performance-based trans-media experience, part skim cheese, The Kenmore will chill out the hyper-consumerism that is endemic at other art fairs while (hopefully) encouraging patrons to part with cold hard cash at this fair.

According to The Kenmore's publicist, life coach and professional witness, Ban (no relation to The Great God Pan), "The Kenmore may be liberal, but you still have to pay me." At press time, both Sloan and McClain had made themselves unavailable for comment.

www.the-kenmore.blogspot.com 
thekenmore@gmail.com
Ban's message service: 713-582-1198

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sasha Dela: Artist-in-Residence Exhibition


 Sasha Dela debuts new work as the Artist-in-Residence of The Kenmore, on view at Darke Gallery, August 31- September 29, 2012.

There will be a reception on Friday, August 31 from 6-9pm. Also, on view: Enlight by Emily Sloan.

Sasha Dela will be debuting a new video for her residency at The Kenmore which is sub-residing at Darke Gallery with its owner Emily Sloan while Sloan has a summer residency at Darke Gallery. For The Kenmore’s sub-residency, Sloan has provided Dela studio space, a portion of her resi
dency’s stipend, and a show to open August 31 along with her residency.

About Sasha Dela:
Dela completed a residency at the Museum of Fine Arts’ Core Program in 2007. She received her Master of Fine Art in San Francisco at California College of the Arts in 2005, and her Bachelor of Fine Art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2000, and was awarded the DeCosse Fellowship, to study at the Accademia Di Belle Arte, Florence, Italy in 2000. Dela is Houston Regional Editor for the Temporary Art Review, St Louis. Sasha Dela is the co-founder and co-director of SKYDIVE, an art space hosting a range of art practices that push the limits of their material forms.

About The Kenmore:
Not just another white cube, The Kenmore is a small, cold artist-run gallery space measuring approximately 36" x 24"x 24". It's mission is to keep ideas fresh through the opportunity of a unique exhibition context. The Kenmore participated in FotoFest 2010, FotoFest 2012 and Lawndale Art Center’s “The BIG Show” (2010) with its debut of “The small Show.”

Location of show:
Darke Gallery
320B Detering (at Feagan)
Houston, TX 77007

Contact:
Emily Sloan
713-582-1198
thekenmore@gmail.com

Sunday, July 29, 2012

and The Kenmore's Artist-in-Residence is.....

Sasha Dela!

Look for her work on Friday, August 31 from 6-9pm at The Kenmore within Darke Gallery.

Location:
The Kenmore
c/o Darke Gallery
320 B Detering at Feagan
Houston, TX 77007


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Karen Brasier Young, water water everywhere

Artist Karen Brasier Young will unveil a new site-specific work of sculptural intervention at The Kenmore, located at Skydive Art Space, with water water everywhere. This one night only event will take place on May 17, 2012 from 7:00pm to 10:00p.m.

Featuring manipulated blue water balloons, some chilled by The Kenmore and some warmed by the sun, water water everywhere is primarily interested in abstract composition, with a hint to material qualities of water, its mechanisms and transformations, and the pure, dripping potential of the material.

When asked about her motives, Brasier Young states, I’m a “disillusioned ex-competitive swimmer and peaceful Galveston Island native, with a personal relationship with water that is conflicted and sometimes leads to ruminating.” While maintaining an allusion to those murkier undercurrents, Karen seeks to redeem the celebratory aspects of water in her mind through an intervention that taps into the youthful nostalgia of water balloon fights and running through sprinklers on a drought-stricken Texas summer day.


ABOUT THE ARTIST
Karen Brasier-Young is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Houston, TX. She holds a masters degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati and has also pursued graduate studies in sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute. Fueled by an interest in the built environment, Karen’s work indirectly explores issues of space, place, social interaction, and assemblage from a perspective of abstract sculptural practice. Karen is a resident artist at Box 13 ArtSpace, teaches art as an adjunct at Houston Community College, and works as an architectural and interior designer.

ABOUT THE KENMORE
Not just another white cube, The Kenmore is a small, cold exhibition object measuring approximately 36" x 24"x 24". The Kenmore's mission is to keep ideas fresh through the opportunity of a unique exhibition context and the experience of collaborating with an object.

ABOUT SKYDIVE ART SPACE
SKYDIVE is an artist run exhibition venue unique to Houston. The aim of SKYDIVE is to host a range of art practices that push the limits of their material forms, including non-traditional methods of sculpture, installation, video, performance, and works that engage the viewer through participation, as well as text and web-based projects.

GENERAL INFORMATION
One night only: Thursday, May 17, 7-10pm

CONTACT:
Emily Sloan
The Kenmore
c/o SKYDIVE Art Space
2041 Norfolk St.
77098
713-582-1198
thekenmore@gmail.com
www.the-kenmore.blogspot.com

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

David McClain, 2012 FotoFest Bienniel

David McClain, a Houston-based photographer and interdisciplinary artist, debuts new work at The Kenmore at SKYDIVE Art Space on Saturday, March 24. McClain's installation transforms the inside of the refrigerator into a peepshow using "authentic" vintage porn of famous people including Sylvester Stallone, alleged vintage porn of famous people including Marilyn Monroe and recreated porn based on real porn including famous people such as Erin Andrews, the ESPN sportscaster who was surreptitiously filmed in the nude in her hotel room. Questions raised include our voyeuristic urges, our addiction to celebrity culture, and what it means to be authentic in a digital age.

When asked about borrowing vintage porn for his work, McClain borrows Jim Jarmusch’s words: “Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.” Furthermore, states McClain, “Maybe I was an adult film star in Bulgaria before migrating to the United States…”




ABOUT THE ARTIST:
David McClain holds a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a JD from the University of Houston Law Center, and a BA from Rice University. His work has been exhibited in Mission, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, and Houston and published in TimeOut New York, Fifth Wednesday Journal and PhotoNews Magazine (Germany). He is a resident artist at Box 13 ArtSpace. McClain incorporates photography, painting, sculpture, parade floats, and performance in his work. For more information, please visit:

ABOUT THE KENMORE:
Not just another white cube, The Kenmore is a small, cold artist-run exhibition object measuring approximately 36" x 24"x 24". It is mobile and presently located at SKYDIVE Art Space in Houston, Texas. The Kenmore's mission is to keep ideas fresh through the opportunity of a unique exhibition context.

GENERAL INFORMATION:
Opening reception: Saturday, March 24, 7-10pm
On view through April 28, Saturdays from 1-5pm or by appointment.

CONTACT:
Emily Sloan
The Kenmore
c/o SKYDIVE Art Space
2041 Norfolk St. 77098
713-582-1198

Exhibition image: Screen capture from "Erin Andrews Recreation," video by Breton Peterson (2010).

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

FotoFest 2012 Biennial: David McClain's "Refrigerator Art"



For FotoFest 2012 Biennial, The Kenmore will host "Refrigerator Art" by David McClain.

One night only:
Saturday, March 24, 7-10pm.

Location:
SKYDIVE ARTSPACE
2041 Norfolk
Houston, TX 77098


Contact:
Emily Sloan, caretaker of The Kenmore
713-582-1198
thekenmore@gmail.com