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Kenseth Armstead

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Revolution Is His Drug by Mayukh Sen  
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Kenseth Armstead at LMAKgallery June 23rd, 2011 - August 1st, 2011
Posted 7/25/11
for Artslant by Mayukh Sen From Tokyo Rose to Hanoi Jane, the wartime spy has intrigued, surprised, and repulsed us. The rebel straddles that curious line between patriotism and treason, becoming something of an abstraction in the process. This mythical, abstract quality is precisely what Kenseth Armstead seeks to deconstruct with Spook: Invocation, the multimedia artist’s first solo exhibition. He humanizes a fable – that of James Lafayette Armistead, a slave-turned-spy whose actions were... [more]
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Interview with Kenseth Armstead  
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Kenseth Armstead at LMAKgallery June 23rd, 2011 - August 1st, 2011
Posted 7/25/11
Armstead has been working on the tale of James for the last six years and his first major exhibition of the legend-in-making, Spook™: Invocation, is up until August at LMAK projects. ArtSlant contributor Charles Schultz met with Armstead at his studio in Brooklyn to talk about how the story has taken shape thus far and what it might become in the years ahead.   CHARLES SCHULTZ: It’s pretty sparse in here; not a hoarder I see. KENSETH ARMSTEAD: No not really. I only use this space for one... [more]
Kenseth Armstead grew up in Washington D.C., so maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that he’d discover a missing link in our forefather’s defining triumph over the British at the Battle of Yorktown. That link was a former slave turned double agent named James Armistead Lafayette. Posing as a runaway slave Lafayette gained the trust of the British generals, learned of their plans, and relayed them back to the Americans. It sounds Hollywood but it’s history, and it’s a story whose telling is long... [more]
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