I'm Kenney Mencher. I'm an artist who left a tenured professorship in 2016 to pursue making art full time. This blog is about art, art history, with a emphasis on human rights. I make homoerotic art featuring bears, otters & other gay wildlife.
New Show at the Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco (Great Stuff!)
We are proud to present Gauntlet Gallery’s Second Annual CA12X12 Show,
featuring a compilation of works from 50 different California artists!
This exhibition promises to produce a variety of artistic styles,
reflecting each artist's personal creative perspective.
The spirit behind this annual event lies in the belief that artists
exist in a world free from rules, restrictions or limitations. As such,
each contributing artist was given an identical 12”X12” wood panel and
asked to simply create. The artists were not confined
by the wooden canvas, nor were they assigned a specific theme or
concept. Our goal was to provide an open platform for young and emerging
artists, granting them free reign to express themselves.
As a result, the CA12X12 Show will feature works that are representative
of the next generation of accomplished artists and visionaries. The
show comprises a grand array of styles, and we believe these works will
surprise, inspire and encourage viewers to recognize
the ability to break free from restrictions and limitations in our
How does an artist create works the express the multitude of human
emotions? How does one showcase fear, courage or deceit? Steven Lopez, a
Los Angeles-based artist, explores some of these central themes in his
latest exhibit, CANTARA, opening this Saturday,
March 7th, at Gauntlet Gallery.
In this latest series, Lopez seeks to discover the possibilities of
utilizing wildlife as a stage for human interpretation. His works ask
viewers to consider the collaborative potential inherent in creating
hybrid species, focusing particular attention on the
female form. CANTARA represents Lopez’ artistic endeavor to challenge
himself to present different manifestations from a central theme.
In so doing, these works reflect the artist’s contextual engagement with
his protagonists. Using a variety of dynamic colors, Lopez explores his
own calm and protective nature, as well as his volatile relationships
with his subjects, producing pieces that are
powerfully vibrant yet complementary.
The result is a series of works that articulate the very essence of the
creative process. What challenges lie at the core of our creativity?
What power do we gain by producing expressive works? We hope you will
engage in the experience that CANTARA seeks to