KEVIN McNAMEE-TWEED | Slow Rocket
January 12 - February 23, 2018
In the Waiting Room, Slow Rocket features new paintings, drawings, lamps, and books by Kevin McNamee-Tweed. Largely unsubscribed to a single medium, the selection includes pigment on raw canvas, ceramic books and lamps, wooden apparatuses, and monotypes on rice paper. Minced with colloquial and art-historical imagery, the pictures draw upon the artist’s time in Italy, the American West, and The Internet. While the 2D work presents visceral realities inhabitable by personal histories as well as grandiose cliché, the array of 3D pieces offer a corporeal and architectural presence. As the shelves and apparatuses function both structurally and formally, they seek also to perform as extensions of the narratives throughout Slow Rocket.
Kevin McNamee-Tweed is an artist and curator based in Iowa City, Iowa. From North Carolina, he received a BFA from New York University and will receive an MA and MFA from the University of Iowa in 2019. His work has been exhibited internationally, ranging from installations and visual art to handmade books and widely distributed publications. He is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies including the 2016 Montello Foundation Fellowship, the 2017 Bay Space Artist in Residence, and the 2017 Iowa Arts Fellowship. Recent projects include solo exhibitions at Rod Barton (London), The Still House Group (NYC), and The Menil Collection Books (Houston). In addition to a studio practice and independent curatorial projects, McNamee-Tweed worked as Curator at Big Medium in Austin, Texas from 2012 to 2017.