Blum & Poe is pleased to announce New York artist Gavin Kenyon’s first solo-presentation in Los Angeles, featuring a selection of new sculptures that address size and scale. Two large sculptures – an arch and a column – are comprised of multiple forms stacked from floor to ceiling. Their architectural proportions contrast with several mid-sized sculptures whose humanistic scale alludes to bodies loosely arranged in groups. Kenyon’s anthropomorphic works are seemingly approachable figurative forms, yet they elicit a sense of deviance upon further investigation. Drawing inspiration from such realms as American quilting traditions and the pioneering spirit of Paul Thek, the allure of Kenyon's artwork lies in the inscrutable brilliance that often occurs in the vastness of contradiction. Resting in the balance between chance and control, masculine and feminine, and figuration and abstraction, these sculptures thoroughly straddle the line between the beautiful and the grotesque.
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Gavin Kenyon, Installation view; Courtesy of the Artist and Blum & Poe
More on Gavin Kenyon (b. 1980, Binghamton, New York)
Gavin Kenyon is a New York based sculptor. He had a one-person exhibition at Ramiken Crucible in 2009 which featured a large selection of the artist's iron cast flaccid axes, wooden swords, and other amazing sharp objects. He collaborated with Holly Faurot, Sarah H. Paulson, and Joel Mellin on Aquarium: a 12-hour performance extravaganza in 2006.
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Education: M.F.A School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, 2006. B.F.A. Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2002.
(Image on top: Gavin Kenyon, Untitled, 2013 , Reinforced concrete, fur, pigment , 114 x 98 1/2 x 40 in.; Courtesy of the Artist and Blum & Poe)