WHEN WILL MY LOVE BE RIGHT,
January 22, 2013 - March 2, 2013
PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
LET HIS BODY BECOME A LIVING LETTER, 2013; handmade leather shoes, sea shells and welded steel; 7 1/2" x 20" x 20"
IN BLACK AND WHITE SPACES WE CAN'T LOSE OUR LOSS, 2013; handmade suede boots, seashells and welded steel; 9" x 20" x 20"
WHEN WILL MY LOVE BE RIGHT, 2013; galvanized welded and riveted steel, leather, brass, copper and seashell; 26" x 25" x 40 1/2"
PALLETTE, 2012; leather, brass belt buckle and steel
5" x 20" x 20"
EYES REMAIN RIVETED ON THE MOON THAT'S RISING FROM THE EDGE OF MAN'S SORROW, 2013;
ink on paper and welded steel; 5" x 20" x 20"
WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS (SEE BLACK SAY RED), 2013; archival pigment prints on Somerset paper in artist's frames; 43 3/8" x 35" x 1 1/2"
WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS (SEE BLUE SAY WHITE), 2013; archival pigment prints on Somerset paper in artist's frames; 22" x 18 1/2" x 1 1/2"
*excerpt from Artforum Critic's Pick by Stephanie Snyder:
"At the center of Kemp’s project are four sculptures containing meticulously crafted wearable objects: a group of handmade belts with cast brass buckles bearing the word SHY, and two exquisite pairs of men’s shoes—one formal, one casual. Kemp made the shoes himself. The work LET HIS BODY BECOME A LIVING LETTER, 2013, features lustrous black oxfords sitting alongside a pair of exotic seashells. Both objects possess aesthetic beauty far in excess of their practical function to provide shelter and mobility for two different species whose bodies are absent. Quietly, Kemp’s alliterative nature morte draws our attention to the relationship between nature and culture, and nature and nurture. The belt pieces elicit similar musings: What does it mean to wear one’s shyness on one’s waist, so to speak?"