Clare Kenny

Clare Kenny works with a variety of materials – such as found objects, building materials, plaster, ceramic, fabric, glass, neon, plexi and spraypaint – yet her work almost always originates in photography, sometimes simply the idea of the photograph. Informed by personal viewpoints and experiences, especially her upbringing and family history, Kenny often toys with notions that relate heavily on a wider level to many people’s lives, where shared histories is a recurring theme throughout Kenny’s practice.

Aspirations of the working class and their determination to better themselves is something Kenny often references within her own work, especially within her recent series ‘enough rope to hang ‘emselves’. A neon washing line is erected across the gallery where a series of bronze and marbleised sculptural works sit amongst it, replicating the washing lines strung across gardens, ginnels or other available spaces. Addressing personal affiliations with Northern England is inherent, by carefully highlighting the use of domestic objects and use of materials, Kenny transforms them into objects of high esteem, focusing on shared visual memories and aesthetics of aspiration.

Clare Kenny (b. 1976, Manchester, UK) studied her BA at Chelsea School of Art London and MA at HSLU Luzern, Switzerland, and has been living and working in Basel, Switzerland since 2007. She is listed in SIKART, Lexikon zur Kunst, Switzerland; has twice been shortlisted for the Swiss Art Awards; and was awarded the Kunstkredit Prize from the city of Basel in Switzerland in 2013. She was an artist in residence at the IAAB cite des artes, Paris (2013); and at the Institute for Provocation in Beijing, supported by ProHelvetia (2015).

Kenny has exhibited internationally with solo shows at: Touchstones, Rochdale (2017); VITRINE, London (2013 & 2017); Schwarzwaldallee, Basel (2016); Galerie Gisele Linder, Basel (2014 and 2011); Bureau Gallery, Manchester, UK (2013); DOLL espace d’art contemporain, Lausanne (2012); and ABBT Projects, Zürich (2011).

Recent group exhibitions include: ‘Arresting Fragments of the World’, Kunsthaus Langenthal, CH (2017); ‘Ding Ding’, Aargauer Kunsthaus, CH (2016); ‘Jahresausstellung Zentralschweizer Kunstschaffen’, Kunstmuseum Luzern, CH (2016); ‘A Journey from a sweeping gesture to a lasting effect’, VITRINE, Basel, CH (2016); ‘Diamonds Always Come in Small Packages’, Kunstmuseum, Luzern, CH (2015); ‘Wilde Capriolen’ AKKU Emmenbrücke, CH (2015); ‘Monolithic Water’ at Kunsthaus Zürich, CH (2014); ‘Asymmetric Dance Class’ at VITRINE, London, UK (2014) Kunstkredit, Kunsthalle Basel, CH (2014); Contemporary Arts Society, ‘Art in the Home 2’, York, UK (2014) and exhibitions at La Kunsthalle, Mulhouse, FR (2013); Accélérateur de particules, Strasbourg, FR (2013);, FABRIKculture, Hégenheim, FR (2013); Kunsthaus Palazzo, Liestal, CH (2013); SAKS Gallery, Geneva, CH (2013); Von Bartha Garage, Basel , CH (2012); Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz, CH (2012); Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, UK (2011); and Coalmine Gallery, Winterthur, CH (2011).

She has been shown with Gisele Linder at ARTBASEL (2010-2016) and Artforum Berlin; and by VITRINE at The Manchester Contemporary (2014 & 2016) and Artissima (2014).

Clare Kenny’s public sculpture commission ‘Site Unseen’ launched in July 2016 in Gundeli, Basel. She has a forthcoming group show at Dienstgebäude, Zurich, CH, as well as a residency awarded from Atelier Mondial at Residency Unlimited in New York, USA (Feb – July 2018).

Clare Kenny, Industrial Romantic, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of Touchstones, Rochdale.

Clare Kenny, Industrial Romantic, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of Touchstones, Rochdale.

Clare Kenny, Industrial Romantic, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of Touchstones, Rochdale.

Clare Kenny, Enough rope to hang ‘emselves, 2016. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer Jonathan Bassett.

Clare Kenny, Site Unseen, 2016. Installation view. Public sculpture commission, Gundeldingerquartier, Basel.

Clare Kenny, Let them eat pies, 2016. Installation view. Courtesy of Schwarzwaldallee. Photographer Nici Jost.

Clare Kenny, You and me and X, Y and Z, 2016. Installation view.

Clare Kenny and Jamie Fitzpatrick, The Manchester Contemporary 2016, Booth 317. Photographer: Harry Meadley.

Clare Kenny, An Ideal for Living, 2014. Installation view.

Clare Kenny, Lapses, 2013. Installation view. Courtesy of SAKS Gallery.

Clare Kenny, Something and Nothing and Odds and Ends, 2011. Installation view.

Clare Kenny, Yesterday’s labour is the Future’s folly, 2013. Installation view.

Clare Kenny, Crackerjack, 2012. Installation view. Courtesy of Von Bartha Garage, Basel.

Clare Kenny, Odds and Ends, 2011. Plaster, concrete, pigment. Dimensions variable. Installation view.

Clare Kenny, Enough rope to hang ‘emselves (pink), 2016. Neon, bronze, wood, acrystal and paint. 117 x 43 x 19 cm.

Clare Kenny, Enough rope to hang ‘emselves (green), 2016. Neon, bronze, wood, acrystal and paint. 143 x 24 x 19 cm.

Clare Kenny, Rumours, 2016. Neon (variable flashing transformer), chain. 63 x 30 cm.

Clare Kenny, False Comfort 1, False Comfort 3, 2016. Printed fabric, polystyrene balls. Photographer Nici Jost.

Clare Kenny, Duck Wine, 2016. Printed plexiglass, framed, 100 x 79 cm. Photographer Nici Jost.

Clare Kenny, An Ideal for Living, 2014. Installation in plaster, acrylic paint, dimensions variable.

Clare Kenny, Arrested Development 1 (triptych), 2014. Plaster, pigment. 43 x 34 cm.

Clare Kenny, Arrested Development 2 (triptych), 2014. Plaster, pigment. 43 x 34 cm.

Clare Kenny, Arrested Development 3 (triptych), 2014. Plaster, pigment. 43 x 34 cm.

Clare Kenny, MG montego & Toyota Corrola, 2014. Photo print on glass. 58 x 71 x 0.5 cm and 70 x 94 x 0.5 cm.

Clare Kenny, Bowl, 2013. Lambda print, glass bowl, spray paint. 65 x 45 x 15 cm.

Clare Kenny, Meteorite, 2013. C-Type. 80 x 60 x 40 cm.

Clare Kenny, Looking back at you, 2013. Two frames, glass and spray paint. 90 x 63 x 4 cm.

Clare Kenny, Looking back at you, 2013. Two frames, glass and spray paint. 90 x 63 x 4 cm.

Clare Kenny, Legless, 2013. Jeans and plaster. 35 x 69 x 19 cm.

Clare Kenny, Form follows fiction, 2013. Steel, spray paint and neon. 130 x 72 x 7 cm.

Clare Kenny, Fiction follows form, 2013. Steel, spray paint, A4 inkjet print and varnish. 126 x 72 x 3 cm.

Clare Kenny, Don't Let Me Down, 2012. Hand engraved bronze, Nappa and Kamosho finished Etui. Unique edition.

Clare Kenny, Don't Let Me Down, 2012. Hand engraved bronze. 0.5 x 0.5 x 8 cm. Unique edition.

Clare Kenny, Roll over, 2013. Lambda Inkjet print. 17 x 300 x 17 cm.

Clare Kenny, Every dog has its day, 2013. Paper, spray paint, polystyrene, plaster. 105 x 152 cm.

Clare Kenny, One for the road (#2), 2013. Plaster and pigment. 24 x 22 x 24 cm.

Clare Kenny, One for the road (#4), 2013. Plaster and pigment. 24 x 22 x 24 cm.

Clare Kenny, One for the road (#4), 2013. Plaster and pigment. 24 x 22 x 24 cm.

Clare Kenny, New Wall, 2012. Plaster, paint. 150 x 5 x 15 - 20 x 100 cm.

Clare Kenny, No Hard Feelings, 2012. Lambda and baryt prints, spray paint and varnish. 110 x 120 x 45 cm.

Clare Kenny, Me and You, 2010. Lambda print, spray paint, plexi glass. 130 x 110 x 20 cm.

Clare Kenny, The past was yours but the future is mine, 2012. Lambda prints, spray paint. 80 x 120 cm.

Clare Kenny, Petrol Blue, 2012. Coloured paper. 68 x 95 x 5 cm.

Clare Kenny, Neon Pink, 2011. Card, spray paint and varnish. 67 x 95 x 3 cm.

Clare Kenny, RGB, 2011. Hand-printed warmtone baryt print, spray paint 3 pieces individual framed. (46 x 40 each). 160 x 46 x 4 cm.

Clare Kenny, My Love Laid Bare, 2010. Lambda prints, plexi glass, glass, plaster, card, paper. 200 x 20 x 200 cm.

Clare Kenny, Doppleganger, 2005-12. 2 baryt prints, wooden frame. 38 x 28 cm each.

Clare Kenny, Harlequin, 2010. Lambda print, spray-paint, plexi-box. 30 x 30 x 10 cm.

Clare Kenny, Harlequin, 2010. Lambda print, spray-paint. 30 x 30 x 10 cm.

Clare Kenny, Give em enough rope, 2011. Neon light, found fencepanel. 98 x 200 x 15 cm.

Clare Kenny, Ballons, 2011. Inkjet print, varnish, spraypaint, framed. 46 x 38 x 6.4 cm.

Clare Kenny, Balloons, 2010. Plaster, paint. 20 x 6 x 20 cm.

Clare Kenny, Golden Shower, 2015. Liquid ceramic, pigment. Diptych. 180 x 70 x 3 cm.

Clare Kenny, Ionic and Corinthian, 2011. Plaster, concrete, pigment. 70 x 75 x 30 cm.

Clare Kenny, Odds and Ends, 2011. Plaster, concrete, pigment. Dimensions variable. Installation view.

Clare Kenny, Odds and Ends, 2011. Plaster, concrete, pigment. 45 x 60 x 45 cm.

Clare Kenny, Odds and Ends, 2011. Plaster, concrete, pigment. 45 x 60 x 45 cm.

Clare Kenny, Wave, 2009. C-print, cardboard tubes. 400 x 110 cm.

Clare Kenny, Chancer, 2010. Lambda Print, Gold chain, spray paint. 45 x 70 x 25 cm.

Clare Kenny, Boys, 2009. Lambda print, frame. 71 x 56 x 10 cm.

Clare Kenny, Not As We Know It, 2009. Lambda print. 120 x 50 x 20 cm.