Visiting Artist Lecture: Emily Kennerk

Date: 
Monday, April 2, 2012, 7:00 pm
Location: 
Keller Visual Arts Center, Room 109

Visiting Artist Lecture: Emily Kennerk

Emily Kennerk is a contemporary sculptor and installation artist based in Las Vegas. She is the head of the undergraduate sculpture program and the MFA program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Emily is a Christian whose work deals with American notions of consumerism, shared identity and the suburban built environment. In a solo exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, she used the best selling and most widely available building materials to construct a truncated replica of a modular subdivision, recontextualizing familiar materials and structures into an austere apparition. Her work is often based on statistical research and the American obsession with being No. 1. Shortly after moving to Las Vegas in the midst of the housing crisis, she presented a solo exhibition at the Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center titled "America's No. 1 Foreclosed City: Las Vegas", which included a 22 hour video installation featuring an image of every foreclosed home in 2009 for one second. The video was projected over large graphite rubbings taken from many of the homes, referencing tombstone rubbings and expressing a sense of loss. Her work is challenging, deceivingly simple and subtly provocative. Please join us to hear Emily speak about her work, her process, her inspiration, and a bit about Las Vegas.