We collect together in a net

Kerry Downey

September 2019
Softcover, 48 pages, 13 × 9.5 inches, 14 color plates
ISBN: 978-1-7327086-2-4 
Designed by Erik Freer
Printed in Lithuania
Edition of 500 
30 USD $24 USD

Introduction by Rachel Valinsky
Texts by Jaime Shearn Coan, Jeanne Vaccaro, Ryan Lee Wong, Layla Zami

About the publication

A net contains and disperses, locating our entanglements in the world. Artist Kerry Downey’s first major publication, We collect together in a net, assembles a series of fourteen full color reproductions of new monotypes alongside commissioned texts by writers Jaime Shearn Coan, Jeanne Vaccaro, Ryan Lee Wong, and Layla Zami. Through Chine-collé, embossment, rubbing, and sanding, these works on paper bring attention to the materiality and transformative potential of paper as a substrate, drawing parallels between paper’s surface and our skin. Like a net, skin’s porousness acts as a threshold between the personal and the social, the psychological and the embodied. 

About the author

Kerry Downey (b.1979, Ft. Lauderdale) is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in New York City. Downey’s work explores relationality through the many ways we inhabit our bodies and access forms of power. Downey’s practice includes video, printmaking, painting, drawing, writing, and performance. They’ve recently had solo shows at Bureau of General Services-Queer Division in New York and CAVE in Detroit. They have also exhibited at the Queens Museum, Flushing, NY; the Hessel Museum at Bard College, Annandale, NY; Danspace Project, New York, NY; Knockdown Center, Maspeth, NY; Kate Werble, NY; The Drawing Center, New York, NY; Cooper Cole, Toronto, CA, and Taylor Macklin, Zurich, CH. Downey is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant. Artist-in-residencies include Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, ME; Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY; SHIFT at EFA Project Space, New York, NY; the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions, New York, NY; Real Time and Space, Oakland, CA; and the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. Downey participated in the Queer/Art/Mentorship program in 2013. Their work has been in Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Washington Post. Downey holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Hunter College.


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