Arnold Joseph Kemp, HEADLESS
April 19 – May 23, 2015
Opening Reception Sunday, April 19, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Soloway is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Arnold Joseph Kemp. The work attempts to find the body. The objects on view are devices for a body that will navigate today’s and tomorrow’s increasingly mechanistic, efficient and brutal existences, in order to find the poetry of garbage, pesticides, ghosts, and cyber, astral and biological pollution. That is our world, isn’t it?
Some time in the 1990s, a study appeared about nostalgias elicited by aromas. It was determined that in the USA – for those born during the 1930s and 1940s – the strongest scent references were pine, roses, hot chocolate, just-baked bread and the ocean breeze. For those born during the 1960s, the smells were smoke, hairspray, nail polish, burnt rubber and old socks. HEADLESS, poised against the myriad senses and identities possible in our globalized situation, approaches the spirit of transgressing the LIMITS OF THE BODY. That feeling of suffocating? For how many years have we felt that feeling and yet we continue to try to live gorgeously with constant irritation? We wonder if this is possible.
Arnold Joseph Kemp lives and works in Richmond, Virginia and has shown at the Studio Museum in Harlem, The Berkeley Art Museum, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The Wattis Institute, Disjecta, Rocks Box Fine Art, PDX Contemporary and the Luggage Store/509 Cultural Center. He has done performances at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California College of the Arts, and at The Banff Centre. His last solo show in New York was held at Debs & Co. and his work was included in the inaugural exhibition at Koenig & Clinton in 2013. Kemp is also a writer whose poems have appeared in Callaloo, Three Rivers Poetry Journal, Agni Review, MIRAGE #4 Period(ical), River Styx, Nocturnes, Art Journal, and Tripwire. He is a Guggenheim Fellow in Visual Arts (2012) and chairs the Department of Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University.
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