Chris Kenny: The flowers that did in Eden bloom
26 April - 11 May 2014
In a series of painstakingly constructed works using found materials (such as text cut from books, maps and abandoned landscape paintings), West London-based artist Chris Kenny examines and muses on the notion of Paradise: our attempt to define it, build it, reach it or perhaps remember it.
Rows of little wooden houses built from abandoned amateur landscape paintings are incised with the names of ideal worlds: Arcadia, Elysium, Utopia. They poignantly demonstrate the common desire to make a heaven on earth, a perfect garden, a harmonious society. Stories assembled from phrases cut from a multitude of books describe places heavenly but sinister, whilst complex floating assemblages of map fragments form circular 'signs' for an island or a terminus where the specific and universal are interwoven.
Kenny has exhibited with England & Co for over a decade with six solo shows to date, and has exhibited internationally including at the Museum of Art & Design, New York in their 2009 exhibition Slash: Paper Under the Knife. Kenny’s works have been reproduced in many magazines, exhibition catalogues and books, including You are Here and The Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography.
More information on Chris Kenny is available from the England & Co website.
Saturday 10 May, 2pm
Join us for an informal tour of the exhibition with artist Chris Kenny.
Free - just turn up
(Image: Chris Kenny, Eden, 2014 (c) Gabriel Kenny-Ryder)
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