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The Hole Truth

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Deconstructed Flag #1 (Fallen Stars) , 2012 Cotton, Sateen and Thread 72 X 42 Inches © Courtesy of the artist & envoy enterprises
The Hole Truth

87 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002
June 20th, 2012 - July 22nd, 2012
Opening: June 20th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.envoyenterprises.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
east village/lower east side
EMAIL:  
office@envoyenterprises.com
PHONE:  
212-226-4552
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue by appointment; Wed-Sat 12-6
TAGS:  
sewing

DESCRIPTION

envoy enterprises is pleased to present The Hole Truth, our first exhibition with New York-based artist Brian Kenny.

Working with fabric for the first time, Kenny learned how to sew to construct a series of iconic objects -- altered and reconfigured US flags, reflecting on what it means to be a disaffected gay American in the age of Occupy, the issues of social inequality and injustice. Devalued and depraved symbols, fallen or removed stars and stripes, the distortion and disfiguration evoke feelings of this discontent.

Mastering his primary medium of free-associative drawing, Kenny also created a series of large-scale drawings on vintage police shooting targets -- obsessive and intricate compositions depicting personal fantasies, fears and fetishes, as well as esoteric symbols and hand signs borrowed from sign language and urban subcultures. This new body of work serves as both artist's intimate diary and passionate commentary on gender and sexuality, religion and guilt, finding inspiration in chaos while fighting the demons within -- the hole truth and nothing but the truth.


Brian Kenny is a New York-based American artist. Born 1982, in Heidelburg, Germany, he works across drawing, painting, sculpture, text, sound, video and blogging. In 2004, Brian and his partner Slava Mogutin formed SUPERM, an ongoing collaborative art project.