Auction Ends: Apr 29, 2017 06:00 PM PDT


"Familiar Angels" Three Dimensional Paint Skin by artist Kennedy Yanko

Item Number
Estimated Value
8000 USD
Opening Bid
4000 USD

Item Description

"I took the concept off canvas and started making paint skins, but they were too delicate. So for my 2012 show "Permutation," all 30 pieces were done on rubber, which gave each one a skeleton and a backbone. When I talk about the work itself, it always sounds like I'm talking about the human body—the skin—it's all very visceral to me. When they're on the wall, they breathe. They have real presence." 

Kennedy Yanko (b. 1988, St. Louis, MO) is an artist whose practice explores the primacy of the senses as a means to gain knowledge about the world and to achieve self-awareness. A dedicated practitioner of qi gong and yoga, Yanko often incorporates the movement of her body to create works—in some instances immersing her limbs or whole body under a rubber sheet onto which she tosses paint and “dancing” in a way that unpredictably alters the paint’s natural dispersal. Most recently, her three dimensional sculptural paintings have served as the basis for immersive environments in physical space and in virtual reality. 

For four years, Yanko alternated between a residency at The Living Theater in New York, one of the first and arguably the most influential experimental theater troupes in the U.S., and dedicating herself to her studio practice in St. Louis. Throughout this period, her work was showcased in a trio of solo exhibitions in St. Louis (2009’s “Wu-Wei,” 2010’s “Paroxysm,” and 2012’s “Permutation”) that coincided with major developments in Yanko’s experiments in painting. She has also completed a residency through the Atlantic Center of the Arts and in 2017 will serve as artist-in-residence at Florida International University. In spring 2017, she will also debut the VR project “Indelible Fluidity.” She currently resides and maintains her studio practice in Bushwick, Brooklyn.