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Kenny Colors
Happyslappy

2016

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Kenny Colors' art is a joyous celebration infused with bright colors, busy patterns and the engaging spirit of childlike play. Using paint and a variety of craft materials and children’s toys, he makes work that combines the contradicting qualities of the painted, two-dimensional pattern with the attached, three-dimensional object. Through his expression of art and play, Kenny wishes to conciliate the viewer with a transcendent state of joy and spiritual wholeness. This specific use of playful colors, patterns and materials is meant to give the viewer an easy entry point into the work; to democratize the experience of the art. By disarming the viewer’s resistance, the work becomes a mirror onto themselves. This is paramount, as the viewer’s participation with the art (intellectually, emotionally, spiritually) is the only goal of the art. At the heart of this, what the work communicates is an awareness of art as play, and by extension, all of life as a creative act. Bio: Kenny Colors is a mixed media painter currently residing in Queens, NY. Born in 1983 in Central New Jersey, he attended Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI from 2001-2005, earning a BFA in Painting. At an early age, he showed an affinity for artistic expression using the colorful toys and games of his childhood. Sports and games held something of a sacred status with him, exemplified through his dedicated following of local professional sports teams. To him, a pro sports game was more than a game; it was the sanctification of the lighthearted. After moving to Brooklyn, NY in 2006, began to study improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, which develops his sense of play in the dynamic stage environment, an experience that affected him both on a personal and artistic level. Kenny wrote, acted, directed and produced multiple stage and video shows in the period from 2006-2010. The shows were loose riffs around a central, absurd story, usually rich in 80s & 90s pop culture nostalgia. It wasn’t until 2011 that Kenny recommitted to a studio practice. Working closely with digital drawing tools, he meticulously painted Photoshop reproductions of old video game scenes. To counter this digital heavy approach, Kenny also pursued a series of expressionist, mixed media collages using print outs of Internet-based images. These works were shown in various Brooklyn group shows in 2012-2013. Soon after, Kenny became heavily influenced by craft store materials such as pipe cleaners, craft poms and googly eyes, as well as other dollar store toys. The cheap and goofy nature of these materials were perfectly conducive to an even more lighthearted approach to his art making. In 2014, he transformed his basement home studio into an “Art Funhouse”, painting bold, busy patterns on the walls as a backdrop for a series of fabric covered paintings. This style was also carried out in his 2015 installation “The War Of War” at Christopher Stout Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

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  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 12 in. x W 12 in. x D 1.5 in.

    H 30.48 cm x W 30.48 cm x D 3.81 cm

  • Gallery location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference number
    LU17221069203

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