BRIAN KENNY

Brian Kenny

Fashion Fast Forward; a mural for J. Crew in NYC.

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Recently over one hot weekend in July I completed a freehand ‘automatic’ mural for J.Crew in collaboration with VM Architecture and Design celebrating human creativity, diversity and collaboration at their sparkling new corporate headquarters in downtown Manhattan. To achieve this I create a line drawing tapestry of interwovens drawings of working and helping hands, tools of the fashion trade like pencils, needles and thread, scissors and measuring tape, fashionable items like heels, sunglasses an imaginative array of flora and fauna like peacocks, sunflowers and hummingbirds. The result is a modern fluid lace that sparks the imagination and delights the eye.

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I used a GoPro to capture the mural’s creation in a quick timelapse

Glass mural for WERQ, a group exhibition in NYC

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Recently, I was commissioned to create a custom 22 x 9 ft rainbow hued acrylic mural on glass for WERQ, a group exhibition by NOGO Arts and Cluster gallery at The Playground in Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Todd Coulter, the exhibition focuses on artwork that addresses how queer people are responding to, assimilating into and liberating society in the context of work. My freehand line drawing mural is a meditation on how queer people are redefining the traditional roles in the workplace, weaving together a creative tapestry of queer working identities like transgender cowboys, lesbian soldiers and wedding cake makers, social media influencers, gay construction workers, plus size models and queer healers and activists.

More information: WERQ exhibition page

PRESS coverage

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Mural for PRIED, a group exhibition in Boston.

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I created a 18 x 10 ft mural on metallic Vinyl for PRIED, a group exhibition at the Society of Arts and Crafts Boston. It is a free hand, automatic line drawing mural that serves as a dramatic entrance into the exhibition, and is a meditation on identity play with a queer focus. Interwoven into the imagery are loose portraits of Justin Bond, Lana Wachowski, Sylvia Rivera and my boyfriend I sharing a kiss.

Curated by Izzy Berdan and Dave J. Bermingham, PRIED explores the vision, artwork and craft of LGBTQAI artists living and working in the US Northest area. In addition the mural, I also exhibited of my ‘Sports Jersey’ Banners “GIRLS WILL BE BOYS” & “THAT WAS NOW, THIS IS THEN” Exhibition runs from April 25-June 30, 2019.

More information: PRIED exhibition page

PRESS coverage: NBC BOSTON

The Rainbow Times, MA

Boston Spirit Magazine

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