Gallery Talk: David Humphrey and Matthew Kenyon (Updated 7/31/12)
Join artists David Humphrey and Matthew Kenyon in a gallery talk on their current exhibitions.
Occasionally called a Pop Surrealist, Humphrey’s work hybridizes a variety of depiction schemes and idioms to make works charged with psycho-social content and narrative potential. This exhibition is a selection of work from the past ten years. The images in this exhibition range from seemingly innocuous domestic scenes to a series based on the paintings of Dwight Eisenhower. Humphrey works in a comic mode with a strong psychological charge. Solitude, friendship, coupling, and interspecies companionship are recurring themes that emerge from the work’s cheery and graphic boldness. Genetic material from modernist abstraction, surrealism, and pop art can be traced in Humphrey’s work but these works have thrived in the turbulent hyper-pluralist waters of contemporary art. Puppies, kitties, snowmen and women, Ike, and a parade of other characters seek to amuse and perplex our sense of what it is to be a person.
In 1999, Kenyon co-founded SWAMP (Studies of Work Atmosphere and Mass Production) with artist Douglas Easterly. Their work focuses on critical themes addressing the effects of global corporate operations, mass media and communication, military-industrial complexes, and general meditations on the liminal area between life and artificial life. SWAMP has been making work in this vein since 1999 using a wide range of media, including custom software, electronics, mechanical devices, and often living organisms.