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.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Jose Anico, Steve Cope, Valeri Larko, Peter Roux and
On view through August 26th, 2016
Group summer exhibition addressing how contemporary artists use the landscape as their muse. Their painting techniques range from plein air to abstraction and exemplifies how contemporary artists are using the landscape as inspiration. Read more
Fahamu Pecou, "Old God, New Names" 2016, Acrylic & gold leaf on canvas
84 x 48 in
"Do or Die: Affect, Ritual, Resistance"
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Charleston, South Carolina
August 26th - October 8, 2016
Solo exhibition exploring the current state of Black existence - life and death - today. The show serves as one artist's action in opposition to the overwhelming societal forces, seeking instead to elevate and re-contextualize Black life and death.
Through performance, painting, drawing and video Fahamu Pecou reframes our view, incorporating references from Yoruba/ Ifa ritual to cultural retentions of hip-hop to the philosophy of Négritude, and through this shapes a story that seeks to affirm life via an understanding of the balance between life and death. Read more
Through the reflection on and use of traditional portraiture,Cobi Moules creates a space for personal significance and a trans and queer presence. The repetition of the self-- portrait becomes a way of both documentation as well as aggrandizing singular moments within a larger process of transition. Each portrait, with new physical changes and subtle internal shifts, exists as a singular direct monument within a larger group of time and progression.
This group exhibition of hyper-realism features art work by nine artists who have been accepted into Bridgeport Art Center's Annual Art Competitions over the past four years, including several award-winners. These artists create paintings and drawings that are so skillfully representational that it is difficult to distinguish them from photographs. The exhibit naturally raises questions about the effect of photography on fine art, the definition of "realism" in art, and why such art is so popular.
Featuring Anthony Adcock, Javier Chavira, Jennifer Cronin, Tracy Frein, Russell Harris, Roland Kulla, Jack Nixon, Kyle Surges and Zespo
Group exhibition curated by Lisa Corinne Davis in which the artists' desire to depict a rainbow begins with their acceptance of a path of sensuality. Throwing themselves into the experiential world, willfully ignoring systematic knowledge, these artists embrace how wonder can occupy a phase of the alert mind. Their representation of rainbows encapsulates the essence of aesthetic experience and the artistic journey.
Artists include Olivia Booth, Katherine Bradford, G. Davis Cathcart, Tim Davis, Annie Ewaskio, Barbara Friedman, Anoka Faruqee, Elliott Green, Joanne Greenbaum, Stefanie Gutheil, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Julie Heffernan, Laurie Hogin, Lisa Hoke, David Humphrey, Jon Kessler & Mika Rottenberg, Todd Knopke, Siobahn McBride, James Rieck, Ugo Rondinone, Michele Rosenberg, Lisa Sanditz, Judith Simonian, Elena Sisto, Shinique Smith, Barbara Takenaga, Robin Tewes, Jonathan Tracy, Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda, Leslie Wayne, Jess Willa Wheaton, and Jeremy Willis.
Culturedrone explores how culture, by its very nature, is both encompassing and invasive. It is the drone that imposes on our private space. The selected works provide glimpses into the perceptions of each artist and seek to act as a mirror for ourselves and society.
Featured artists: Alejandro Diaz-Ayala, James Andrew Brown, Michael Callas, Michelle Doll, DAIN, ELLE, James Gortner, Yunierki Felix Hodelin, Ibn Kendall, Michael Labua, Robert Preston, Holly Suzanne Rader, T8, Henrik Uldalen, and Max Wiedemann.
Solo exhibition of Chris Cosnowski's vivid, hyper-realistic oil paintings in which he utilizes plastic toys and trophies as subject matter. His iconic, minimalist still-life paintings present a humorous veneer while examining philosophical, religious and political issues.
The Ohio State University at Lima
Farmer Family Gallery (FFG)
160 Reed Hall 4240 Campus Drive
Lima, Ohio, 45804
Jeff Muhs, "Charting Totaiity," 2016
Oil & mixed media on canvas
Long Island Biennial
The Heckscher Museum of Art
September 3 - December 4, 2016
Juried exhibition featuring work by artists of Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Inaugurated in 2010, the Long Island Biennial offers Long Island's contemporary artists an opportunity to show their work to a broad public, deepening the connections among artists and between artists and the communities where they live.
Group show curated by Trevor Young thatexplores a theme of global and local issues of sustainability and waste. Featuring Steven Mallon, Frank Hallam Day, Valeri Larko Magnolia Laurie, Cynthia Connolly, Stephen Magsig, William Christenberry, Richard Vosseller, Olivia Rodriguez.
Group exhibition organized by Mark Ormond looks at the work of more than a dozen artists whose painting process involves direct observation of the subject. Viewers will become engaged with the essential qualities of subject matter through each artist's unique vocabulary of gestures. www.ringling.edu
Alex Couwenberg, "Disco Doll"
2016, Acrylic on canvas, 66 x 72 in
"Left at 69's"
September 8 - October 8, 2016
Thursday, Sept 8th, 6 - 8pm
We are pleased to present our first solo exhibition with Alex Couwenberg.Couwenberg's work references his Los Angeles roots and suggests the aesthetic associated with car culture, surfboards, skateboards, and modernist design. Through a series of additive and reductive moves and passes, he harnessing his ideas into harmonious compositions that communicate the visual landscape of his environment. Couwenberg blends his hard-edged painting process with his modernist sensibilities, creating multilayered and multidimensional works that are deeply personal but universally sensual.