INFERNO, Black Thoughts 2, 12" x 15", Graphite on Paper, 2011
INFERNO, Black Thoughts 2, 12" x 15", Graphite on Paper, 2011

Recent press about Spook™:

 

INDIEWIREARTLOGNIBORAMAWNYCARTSLANT • HUFFINGTON POST

 

Kenseth Armstead: INFERNO

 

Kenseth Armstead’s INFERNO is a series of graphic novel–inspired drawings that depict the true life story of the slave turned spy James Armistead Lafayette. The drawings explore intimately the journey of Armistead Lafayette from the plantation to becoming a double agent on the front lines of the American Revolution.

 

INFERNO is a first person investigation of the African-American experience inside the Revolution from the perspective of a historical figure, opening up the war, for the first time, to a new cast of heroes. Armistead Lafayette's task to provide information and disinformation has been mostly lost to history. Describing Armstead’s drawings, critic Mayukh Sen has written that the story is “alive in every frame, from detailed humanistic close-ups of Armistead to lush renders of landscape. … [The project] fosters the sort of complex historical dialogue that some of the greatest graphic novels of the modern era, from Maus to Persepolis, has ignited.” Like Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, INFERNO is a provocative combination of political history and memoir.

 

Kenseth Armstead's Bio

Kenseth Armstead is a multimedia installation artist. His works have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Berlin VideoFest; and the MIT List Visual Arts Center. His videos, drawings and sculptures are included in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, African American Museum in Dallas, Texas and numerous public and private collections. The New York Times, L Magazine, Art in America, Village Voice, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post have favorably reviewed his videos, sculptures and multimedia installations.

 

The list of grants won in support of Armstead’s work includes the Camille Hanks-Cosby Fellowship (1989,) the NYFA Video Fellowship (1996,) the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1999,) the NYSCA Individual Artist Award in Film/Video and New Technical Production (2007,) the Film/Media Grant from the Creative Capital Foundation (2008) and, most recently, the Digital Matrix Commission from the Longwood Arts Project and Bronx Council on the Arts (2008.)

 

Armstead received a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art & Design in 1990. While still an undergraduate, he participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Upon completion of his degree, he moved to New York City to attend the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (1990-1991.) He now holds an MS in Integrated Digital Media from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, which awarded him The Excellence in Digital Media Award in 2005.

 

Armstead has co-authored multimedia installations collaboratively with the art-band, X-PRZ, which he co-founded with his mentor Tony Cokes in 1991. He was also the founding Managing Editor of Rhizome Internet, (rhizome.org) which he helped launch in 1996.

 

Recently, Armstead was the Artist in Residence at Harvestworks (2006); the Castle Trebesice outside Prague, CZ (2006); the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s, Workspace Program (2007); and Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology (2009.)

 

Scenes from Spook™ were presented in the Art Gallery of the Siggraph Asia 2009 conference in Yokohama, Japan. This past fall, outtakes from the Spook™ project were included in a feature length documentary which was broadcast on PBS nationally; “Lafayette: The Lost Hero,” directed by the academy award nominated, Oren Jacoby. Armstead was also an historical consultant on the project.

 

Armstead lives & works in Brooklyn, NY. 

Spook™: INVOCATION, Limbo, 9" x 12", Graphite on Paper, 2011
Spook™: INVOCATION, Limbo, 9" x 12", Graphite on Paper, 2011

happening 2014:

- Alternative Spaces?

API blog launch

April 2014

 

happened 2013:

- Peace. Love. Insurgency.

Furthermore Gallery

Washington, DC

November 2nd - 24th

 

- INFERNO

Churner and Churner

New York, New York

February 07th - March 16th

 

ongoing projects & events:

- The "Bearden 100"

Centennial Tribute: Romare Bearden works chosen by 100 of today's artists


- "VECTOR Issue 2" 

Vector Artists Journal

 

- "Fine Art Adoption"

Spook™ drawing to be remade for a new home FAAN Website

 

happened 2012:

DAY FOR NIGHT:

Between Reality and Illusion

Richard Harris Terrace,

BMCC/CUNY, New York, NY

April 16, 2012

 

LMCC, Swing Space

Governor's Island

March - July 2012

 

LREI Art Auction

Saatchi + Saatchi Gallery

March 15th, 2012

 

Bronx Museum of the Arts

40th Anniversary Gala

@ Three Sixtyº

March 27th, 2012

 

happened in 2011:

- "Spook™: INVOCATION"

LMAK Projects, NY, NY

 

- Whitney Art Party 2011

 

- February, "Photo Finish"

Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY

 

happened in 2010:

- PBS Broadcast: September 13th, 2010, 10pm, footage from the Spook™ Experiment will be included in the documentary feature “Lafayette: The Lost Hero”. More... Storyville Films

 

- BAMart Silent Auction

 

 

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