Marcus Kenney (American, born 1972)


Marcus Kenney’s mixed media paintings and sculptures with found objects are well known and critically acclaimed. His masterful practice of the techniques of collage and assemblage are hallmarks of his oeuvre. In the upcoming exhibition Kenney expands his vocabulary as he circles back to his roots as a photographer, developing fascinating new layers of dialogue with his painting and sculpture. Kenney’s narrative works present a tumultuous clash of imagery reflecting America’s melting pot of culture and considering issues including consumerism, environmentalism, religion, mortality, identity, race relations and authority. With the exhibition, “underneath the hope”, Kenney returns to his first medium of photography with stunning black and white images, in combination with new painting and sculpture, that exploit his recurring motifs with compelling and tantalizing results. Pictures of children that seem intimately connected to the surrounding wild and lush landscape re-assert Kenney’s deep connection to his own childhood in rural Louisiana and the mystery and mythology of the strangeness, danger and beauty that were his daily experience of the world. The natural innocence of children in an ever more threatening world blazes out of the shadows in captured moments of play and fanciful imagination. Kenney’s central themes are illustrated throughout his paintings, sculptures and photographs with a catalog of imagery that includes children, fire, animals, nature as both sinister and beautiful, connotations of theater – stage, curtains, and of identity – masks, costume, and racial juxtapositions.

Marcus Kenney (b. 1972) was born and raised in rural Louisiana and currently lives and works in Savannah, GA. He earned an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in 1998 Marcia Wood Gallery is pleased to announce the fifth solo exhibition at the gallery by Marcus Kenney. Kenney has had solo museum exhibitions at the Jepson Center at the Telfair Museum in Savannah, the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA, and the Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA. Two person and group exhibitions include MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA, and museums, institutions, galleries and art fairs internationally, including Israel, Paris, London, Montreal, New York, Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, St Louis, Minneapolis, Miami, Portland and New Orleans. Kenney was also featured in the 2004 New American Paintings Southern Edition. Earlier activity includes inclusion in the Georgia Triennial 2003 and 2002 (a traveling exhibition highlighting a select number of Georgia artists), as well as the exhibition “Georgia Seven” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA, 2004, curated by Radcliffe Bailey. His bibliography includes Art in America, Art News, Oxford American, The New York Sun, The Boston Globe, Art Papers, New American Paintings, South Magazine, and National Public Radio, among others.

American, b. 1972, Louisiana, United States, based in Savannah, GA, United States