My work extends ideas of waste–that which is deemed marginal or useless--to the social, psychological, and architectural. I link trash to loss, urine to the sublime, your grandmother to my girlfriend.
Our physical bodies and our social bodies are always struggling against time, gravity, displacement, failure. These things give us the creeps. I hope to find some pleasure in the hysteria of our daily struggles to not fart in public.
Kerry Downey was born in sunny south Florida. She holds a BA from Bard College, an MFA from Hunter College. Upon completing her thesis in 2009, she was nominated for Joan Mitchell Foundation’s MFA Grant Program for Sculpture. Recent exhibitions include A.I.R. gallery, New York, NY; The National Gallery of Saskatchewan, Canora, Saskatchewan; ; Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Scotland; Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary; Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY; The Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY. She has shown and curated extensively with Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY. She will be showing work in March at Horton and Liu, New York, NY. Downey's thesis show was recently featured on Mtv and her work has previously been highlighted in The Brooklyn Rail, the Village Voice, Queen Chronicle, and The Believer. Her curatorial work has been in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The London Sunday Times.