Sandroni.Rey is pleased to present “Changing Room,” a project by Kendell Carter in the Container Space. This will be Carter’s first show with Sandroni.Rey.
Kendell Carter’s work investigates the duplicity of language as a basis for aesthetic production. In melding art with design and infusing hip hop references he creates environments comprised of a mix of elements that feel comfortable in their domestic nature and yet confront viewers with a sense that something may be awry. Drip paintings made from shoelaces, wainscoting embossed with the same pattern as the bottom of Timberland boots and lamps made with Kongol hats are interspersed with ready-made furniture producing playful but conflict-laden environments. His installations take cues from California artist Robert Irwin with a focus on art as experience. With an emphasis on casual and formal culture Carter’s work engages opportunities to connect cultural vectors while rejecting the cloak of high or low.
In “Changing Room” Carter is interested in challenging conventional ideals by creating a space that is vulnerable and free from hierarchy. Furniture and other design elements are placed among paintings and racks of real clothing to create an imagined character’s fantasy closet. Giving participants of the installation an opportunity to physically change is central to the installation’s offering and effectiveness.
Kendell Carter was born in New Orleans and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received a BA from Atlanta College of Art in 1994, studied environmental design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and graduated with an MFA from California State University, Long Beach. Carter’s work has been shown at the Armory Arts Complex, Pasadena, Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago and the Nexus Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta. He had a solo project at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in 2007.