Art / Kenseth Armstead
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From the artist
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The Yaddo 2016 residency mandate was to surprise myself. Most of the projects and bodies of work undertaken up until that point were monochrome, found, muted color mostly, site specific and/or history focused. The conceptual rigor of connecting to a site or historic body was always the key driver. This body of work would be different. It was strictly experimental and for FUN. This had never happened before. There were no rules, or for that matter, goals. Each day set up new puddles or twists of metal cut up in the studio and then embedded in the paint. Each twist led away from knowing. The Yaddo experiments are a complete body of work. In seven weeks, I completed some one hundred plus works (they still have not all been counted) that I do not know. They know me.
Kenseth Armstead has created provocative multimedia installation art for three decades. These works have been exhibited in several historic exhibitions which include Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art & Armand Hammer Museum in 1994; the Berlin VideoFest in 1994; Frames of Reference: Reflections on Media at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1999; Race in Digital Space at the MIT List Visual Arts Center & Studio Museum in Harlem in 2001; Veni Vidi Video at the Studio Museum in Harlem (their first video exhibition) in 2003; Open House: Working in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum in 2004; “Edited at EAI”: Video Interference (celebrating 45 years of their award winning collection) at Electronic Arts Intermix in 2016; and most recently, the critically acclaimed Modern Heroics: 75 years of African American Expressionism at the Newark Museum. In each case, Armstead’s work has been included in pivotal explorations of American culture, emerging fields, gender politics, the New York art scene, ethnicity, artistic innovation, history, and institution-defining moments. Armstead’s videos, drawings, and sculptures are included in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, African American Museum in Dallas, Texas, The Newark Museum, and numerous other public and private collections.