Kennedy Yanko

b. 1988, USA, Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Kennedy Yanko (b. 1988) is a Brooklyn-based artist working primarily with found objects and paint. Her formal gesture towards material is balanced by an intuitive response to the shapes, colors, textures and scale that she’s presented with. Yanko’s work deals with the ambiguity within perception and emphasizes the importance of abstraction as a means to developing an intuitive sight akin to critical thinking.

Since debuting sculptures from her “Elements and Skin” collection as part of a Derrick Adams-curated group show, “Hidden in Plain Sight” (Jenkins Johnson Project Space. Brooklyn, NY. 2017), Yanko has regularly exhibited domestically and internationally. In 2019, Yanko debuted three solo shows–Highly Worked (Denny Dimin Gallery, NY), Hannah (Kavi Gupta, Chicago), and Before Words (UICA, Grand Rapids)–and installed her first public sculpture, 3 WAYS, on the Poydras Corridor in New Orleans in collaboration with The Helis Foundation and the Ogden Museum of Art. In 2019, Yanko was also named Art Forum’s “Critic’s Pick,” received a Colene Brown Art Prize awarded by BRIC Arts Media, and was featured in 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow published by Thames & Hudson. In the last couple of years, Yanko has also exhibited in institutional settings: with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (Parallels and Peripheries curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah) and with University of South Florida (Life During WarTime, curated by Christian Viveros). Yanko’s 2020 brings an exciting lineup of exhibitions, one of the most anticipated being her solo show, SALIENT QUEENS, opening with VIELMETTER LOS ANGELES in September. Her work belongs to corporate collections including that of JP Morgan Chase and TD Bank, and many private collections, namely: Beth Rudin deWoody, Helyn Goldenberg, David Hoberman.

Kennedy Yanko CV

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020

 

Untitled, Marco Poggiali Gallery, Milan, Italy

 

2019

 

Before Words, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids MI, 2019

 

HANNAH, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago IL, 2019

 

HIGHLY WORKED,  Denny Dimin Gallery, New York NY, 2019

 

2018

 

Chasing Time, Leyendecker Gallery, Tenerife Canary Islands

 

2012

 

Permutation, The Paragon Theatre, St. Louis MO

 

2010

 

Paroxysm, Art Monster, St. Louis MO

 

2009

 

Wu-Wei, Abstrakt Gallery, St. Louis MO

 

2008

 

Untitled,The Nash Hotel, Miami Beach FL

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2020

 

Untitled, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY

 

2019

 

IMPLIED BODY, Assembly Room, New York, NY

 

EXPO Chicago, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago IL

 

PARALLELS AND PERIPHERIES. MOCAD, Detroit, MI.

 

2018

 

Harlem Perspectives, FACTION Arts Projects, New York NY

 

Cry of Victory, Short Walks to Freedom, Projects + Gallery, St. Louis MO

 

PARALLELS AND PERIPHERIES, ArtCenter South Florida, Miami FL

 

EXPO Chicago, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago IL

 

EXPO Chicago, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Chicago IL

 

Alchemy, BRIC Arts Media, Brooklyn NY, 2018

 

The Barn Show 2018, Johannes Vogt Gallery, Hampton NY

 

ARCO Madrid, Leyendecker Gallery, Madrid Spain

 

Senses and Perception, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City NJ

 

ARCO LISBOA, Leyendecker Gallery, Lisbon Portugal

 

The Aesthetics of Matter, VOLTA, New York NY

 

Out of Line, Long Gallery, New York NY

 

2017

 

PROJECTS MIAMI BEACH 2017, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, Miami FL

 

Hidden In Plain Sight, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Brooklyn NY

 

2016

Full Circle, Mason Gallery, New York NY

 

2015

Superfine Art Fair, Art Basel, Miami FL

 

2014

I Kan Do Dat, Rush Art Galleries, New York NY

 

PUBLIC SCULPTURE

2019

3 Ways, Funded by the The Helis Foundation, Poydras Corridor, New Orleans LA

 

RESIDENCIES

2018

Artist Residency, Galeria Leyendecker Tenerife, Canary Islands

 

2017

Artist Residency, Fountainhead, Miami FL

 

2013

Artist Residency, Idiosyncrasy Gallery, New York NY

 

2010

Artist Residency, Atlantic Center of the Arts, New Smyrna Beach FL

 

2009-2012

Resident Performer, The Living Theater, New York NY

 

PERFORMANCES

 

2012

Seven Meditations on Political Sado-Masochism, The Living Theatre, New York NY

 

2011

History of the World, The Living Theatre, New York NY

 

2010

Korach, The Living Theatre, New York NY

 

2009

Red Noir, The Living Theatre, New York NY

 

 

EDUCATION

2009

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA

 

PRESS

ART X, 07.2019

KENNEDY YANKO: IN HER OWN WORDS

Brooklyn NY based Artist Kennedy Yanko guides us through an intimate journey of her process, her connection to materiality, and the intersecting concepts behind her work. Kennedy Yanko is a sculptor based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She works fluently in metal and paint…

WHITE HOT MAGAZINE, 07.2019

INTERVIEW WITH KENNEDY YANKO BY NOAH BECKER

Kennedy Yanko is a Brooklyn based sculptor, I went to her studio and we had a long conversation about her work. It was great to get a first-hand tour of the studio and some insights into Yanko’s personality and how she manages to thrive in the New York art world…

CULTURED, 07.10.2018

ALL THE FEELS: NANA TA ASARE BOADU AND KENNEDY YANKO

eel For is a new project by Kennedy Yanko featuring an immersive installation and collaborative performance with artist Nana Ya Asare Boadu. Now on view as part of the BRIC group exhibition, “Alchemy,” Feel For incorporates both repurposed industrial metals…

MILK, 04.09.2018

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: KENNEDY YANKO

ennedy Yanko defies gender norms not only with her stylish unconventional platinum buzz cut, but by creating alluring sculptures with traditionally male-dominated mediums like rubber, metal, wood, and marble. The artist uses her background of painting…

VICE, 03.08.2018

HOW ARTIST KENNEDY YANKO WENT FORM BODYBUILDING TO METALWORKING

For seven years, Kennedy Yanko hustled to make ends meet, like so many young artists do when they move to New York. She lived in a basement with 12 actors and performed at the the now-shuttered Living Theatre in the Lower East Side…

QUIET LUNCH, 11.22.2017

THREE PULSES: VENTIKO, FISCHER CHERRY, AND KENNEDY YANKO

In the lead up to Art Basel Miami this year and every year for that matter, freelance art writers accumulate a plethora of urgent press materials advocating for why certain fairs cannot be missed, why their party will be the party…

GALLERYGURLS, 10.22.2017

STUDIO VISIT WITH KENNEDY YANKO

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in September,  I paid a visit to Kennedy Yanko’s raw studio space in Bushwick to take in her powerful sculptures. Yanko is a painter and sculptor who has been Brooklyn-based for the past seven years. Her paintings, which she calls ‘skins’ are…

INTERVIEW, 10.08.2013

IT’S A LITTLE ABOUT KENNEDY YANKO

Judith Malina’s 2012 play History of the World stands firmly as the definitive high-water mark for downtown Manhattan’s now-defunct Living Theatre. The play’s themes were timely (see: Occupy) and its cast was as strong as any in the theater’s long history…

 

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