A body is an index of experiences -- full of ruptures, sensations, needs and desires. Embodiment is always an "in-relation-to" phenomenon; we are forever entangled in our environment. Figure is to ground as body is to site, to situation, and also to support. Downey's videos, prints, and drawings explore the boundaries, possibilities and limitations of care, intimacy, and what it means to be healthy in late capitalist America. Private feelings bleed unpredictably into the rug, your neighbor, and the surrounding landscape. Downey explores gestures, marks, images, objects, places, and characters using uncertainty and desire as forms of defiance to the values of property, independence, and privilege.
Kerry Downey (1979, Ft. Lauderdale) is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher based in New York City. She holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Hunter College. Her work has recently shown at CCS at Bard College, Taylor Macklin in Zurich, Franklin Street Works (CT), Columbia University (NYC), Invisible Dog (Brooklyn), A.I.R Gallery (Brooklyn), Spectacle Theater (Brooklyn), and NURTUREart (Brooklyn). Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail, The Village Voice, and The New Yorker. In 2014 she co-curated Failing to Levitate at The EFA Project Space with Natasha Marie Llorens. She is a current participant in the Drawing Center's Open Sessions and was a Queer/Art/Mentorship Fellow in 2012-13. She has been an artist-in-residence at The Vermont Studio Center and Real Time and Space (Oakland). Downey teaches at the Museum of Modern Art, Parsons, and Hunter College.