Dean Kenning (UK) Artist and Researcher
Dean Kenning (b.1972 Hounslow, UK) lives and works in London, his artworks include kinetic sculptures, videos and diagrams. Employing DIY, allegorical and autodidactic methods and modes of representation to engender visceral, vitalist, uncanny and humorous encounters that explore political and philosophical material. Kenning is a recipient of the 2020 Mark Tanner Sculpture Award and has had solo exhibitions at Standpoint, Matt's Gallery, Beaconsfield and Piper Keys. Group shows include the ICA, Greene Naftali and BAK. Often working collaboratively Kenning is currently a member of the Diagram Research Group and has curated Poor Things with artist Emma Hart at Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh . He has published articles in journals such as Third Text, The Journal of Visual Art Practice, Art Monthly and Mute, including on the theory and practice of diagramming and on the politics of art and art education. Dean Kenning is a Researcher at Kingston School of Art where I supervise practice based PhDs and teaches Fine Art at Central St Martins.
Kenning completed a PhD ‘The Political Nature of Art Today’ at the London Consortium, University of London (awarded 2008); MA in European Literature, Culture and Thought at QMC, University of London (1999–2001); and BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College (1994–1997). He is post-doctoral Researcher at Kingston School of Art and a visiting lecturer in Fine Art at CSM.
Solo exhibitions include: Psychobotanical, Matts Gallery, London (2019), The Origin of Life, Beaconsfield, London (2019), Where It Was, Piper Keys, London (2018), Commonism, Five Years, London (2010), The Dulwich Horror: HP Lovecraft and the Crisis in British Housing, Space Station Sixty-Five, London (2007). Recent group exhibitions and collaborative projects include Delta Research Placement (Diagram Research Group), Flat Time House, London (2020); The Soft Display, Paradise Works, Salford (2020); Bergen Assembly(Capital Drawing Group) (2019); Sick Monday, Horse Hospital, Genesis Cinema, Deptford Cinema, London and CCA, Glasgow (2018-19); Morphologies of Invisible Agents (Social Morphologies Research Unit), Space Studios, London (2019); P is for Portrait, Art House, University of Worcester (2019); Faust Fest, Turin (2018).
News: Next Show: Hyper-Deflation opens Thursday September 28th at Division of Labour in Salford 6-8pm