In the studio - 2017

About

I use everyday materials to uncover commercial strategies and investigate ideas of community, ecology, and themes of re-use. Discarded materials are recycled into works that highlight underlying systems of use, value and labor.

My current works on paper use marketing materials that arrive in my mailbox on a daily basis. Culling through stacks of supermarket flyers, mail order catalogs and other promotions I remove, organize and arrange images into categories that emphasize excess, unnecessary products and unsolicited needs.

With sculpture and installation, I use recycled cardboard to construct pieces that re-contextualize urban settings and focus on things that are ignored, unseen or disregarded. Sidewalks, boxes or beat-up trucks filled with cardboard on the way to the recycling center can reveal connections to larger systems and the urban community. 

In public projects and workshops, I encourage interactions with people to explore ideas of community, commerce and questions of value. I use barter and trading systems to promote more relational, less commercial means of economic exchange. These pieces create environments that promote connections between people and encourage the use of post-consumer materials to provide alternatives to the consumer-driven culture.


PRESS

  • David Brower Center: “Reimagining Progress: Artists in Conversation” (May 2014)
  • SF Gate: “Pick of the Week” October 24-27 by: Kenneth Baker (2013)
  • Handful of Salt: “Noticed: Your Store” by: Dominique Koudsi (September 2013)
  • The Bold Italic : “Turning Crazy Mission Rents into Art” by: Jennifer Maerz (October 2013)
  • Handful of Salt: “Kathryn Kenworth, quiet maverick” by: Regina Connell (Apri 2013l) 
  • Kathryn Kenworth: Street Life by Stephen Maine (January 2012) 
  • Mission 17: 2004-2009. A publication featuring exhibitions at MISSION 17. Introduction by Director Clark Buckner and a foreword by Glen Helfand (July 2009) 
  • East Bay Express: “Five artist examine the Urban Matrix” by: DeWitt Cheng (February 2009)
  • Straw into Gold: Interview with Amy Conger: "What's it worth?" The potential of bartering and re-use in the business of art. - 16 December 2009 
  • SF Weekly: "A Grab Bag of Art Shows plays Santa to the Masses" by: Traci Vogel (December 2009) 
  • KQED's Forum: "Bay Area Bests" - 27 November 2009
  • Berkeley Daily Planet: "The Fake Real of 'Future Tense' at Kala Art" by: Peter Selz (July 2006) 
  • SFist.com: "Between the Walls: Southern Exposure Gets Ready for a Major Metamorphosis" - May 22 2006 
  • Artweek: Kathryn Kenworth at Humboldt State's First Street Gallery