Stephen Kent

Stephen Kent (*1985, Pennsylvania, USA) lives and works in Berlin. He studied at Pennsylvania State University in Pennsylvania and Cranbook Academy of Arts, Bloomfield Hills, USA, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in 2013. 

Using an array of different materials and techniques, the work of Stephen Kent explores notions of image production and visual resolution. Alongside an attention to psychedelic culture and comparative mythology, Kent investigates cultural codes and the ways in which they manifest in seemingly mundane objects. His lively, dynamic compositions combine photo collages and pixel-like mosaics alongside painted gestures, textiles, clay sculptures, and cast plaster, all skillfully honed to form a humorous language addressing the very foundations of the contemporary world. Considered alongside the rising prevalence of artificial intelligence and its emerging ability to imitate and deceive reality, Kent’s eclectic images offer an astute and playful comment on the future of images and what the world is made of. his works gain yet another relevance. 

Numerous (group) exhibitions include (selection): Museum of Modern Art, Dubrovnik, HR; CCA Andraxt, Mallorca, ES; Kunstraum Pilsum & Rosarium Winschoten, Ostfriesland Biennale, DE; Haverkampf Leistenschneider, Berlin, DE; Alice Folker Galerie, Copenhagen, DK; Acud Macht Neu Gallery, Berlin, DE; HVW8 Gallery, Berlin, DE; Spaced Out, Uckermark, DE; Brücke Museum, Berlin; Cranbook Art Museum, Pennsylvania, US.

1985

Born in Pennsylvania, USA / geboren in Pennsylvania, USA

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany / lebt und arbeitet in Berlin, Deutschland

Education / Ausbildung

2013

MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, USA

2007

BFA, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA

Selected Exhibitions / Ausgewählte Ausstellungen

2023

WORLD WITHIN WORLDS, Museum of Modern Art in Dubrovnik, Croatia (upcoming)

WORLD WITHIN WORLDS, CCA Andraxt, Mallorca, ES (upcoming)

2022

Ostfriesland Biennale, Kunstraum Pilsum & Rosarium Winschoten

TEXT-ile, Haverkampf Leistenschneider, Berlin

2021

SPOT ON: Stephen Kent “The Art of Living”, Haverkampf Galerie Berlin

2020

’20/20 Gallery Swap’, Alice Folker Galerie, Copenhagen, DK

‘Flow my Tears’, Acud Macht Neu Gallery, Berlin, GER

2019

Le Lucky’, HVW8 Gallery, Berlin, GER

‚Die Demut der Dinge‘, curated by PSM Gallery, Spaced Out, Uckermark, GER (Solo)

‘Daydreamers. Encounter with Stephen Kent and Elisa Rusca’, LOCATION III, Berlin, DE

‘August’, Philipp Haverkampf Galerie, Berlin, DE

‘The Garden Bridge’, curated by Kinderhook & Caracas, Brücke Museum, Berlin, DE

‘Were we never fish’, with Sophie Erlund, The Institute for Endotic Research, Berlin, DE

2018

NADA Fair, Good Weather Gallery, Miami FL, US

‘We Must Dance Sing and Drum Ourselves out of the Circumstances into which We Have Fallen’, Philipp Haverkampf Galerie, Berlin (Solo exhibition)

‘My Body Doesn’t Like Summer’, Philipp Haverkampf Galerie, Berlin (curated)

‘May You Live in Interesting Times’, curated by Goodweather Gallery, High Tide, Philadelphia

2017

‘At the Mercy of’, Lvl3, Chicago

‘Daydreamers.Biz’

‘False Friends’, Kulturschöpfer, Berlin (2 person exhibition with Andrew Thomas Perry)

‘Social Geometrism’, Reinbeckhallen, Berlin

‘Rites de Passage’, Philipp Haverkampf Gallery, Berlin

2016

‘Never Shown on Purpose’, Circle 1 Platform for Art and Culture, Berlin

‘I’m Jack of all Trades, We’ll be Alright’, Elephant Kunsthall, Lillehammer, NO (Solo)

‘Dansinit’, Studio Hasenheide, Berlin

‘Art Helsinki’ with Elephant Kunsthall, Helsinki, FI

2015

‘Live on the Layers not on the Litter’, Other Projects / Ashley, Berlin

2014

‘Papers’, Das Giftraum, Berlin

2013

‘Codes & Signals’, Tête, Berlin, DE ‘Vox IX’, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, USA

Graduate Degree Exhibition, Cranbrook Art Museum, Pennsylvania, USA

‘Used To’, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Center of Community Programs, Deer Isle, USA

‘Smokem if you Gottem’ Practice Gallery, Philadelphia, USA

2012

‘Pickled Eggs’ (with Nathan Ellefson), Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists Residency, Saugatuck, USA

‘Art in the Great Recessions’, Pterodactyl, Philadelphia, USA

2011

‘Project Network’ Grammerhaus International Museum of Ceramics, DK

2010

‘One Degree of Seperation’ Photo Studio, Philadelphia, USA

‘Pulp Culture’ East Carolina University, Greenville, USA

Publications & Writing / Publikationen & Schreiben

‘I’m Jack of all Trades’ / 9 Notes, www.tsnok.se, (Online Publications with Jens Soneyrd)

‘No Joke and the Dueling Solipsisms’, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Published Review)

Awards & Residencies / Preise & Residenzen

2017

Center for Contemporary Art Russia, St. Petersburg

Centre of Contemporary Art Andratx, Majorca, ES

2013

Mercedes Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award Finalist

2012

Fellowship Student, Ox-Bow School of Art & Artist Residency

Larson Grant, Co-Founder of Vessel and Page Projects

Merit Scholarship, Cranbrook Academy of Art

2011

Merit Scholarship, Cranbrook Academy of Art

2010

Lighton International Artist Exchange Program Grant Recipient through Kansas City Arts Coalition to Attend Project Network Symposium at the International Ceramics Research Center at Guldagergaard, DK

Haystack Professional Development Grant

2008

Frans Whildenhain Scholarship to Attend Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

2006

Kiki Smith Scholarship Award Recipient through Pennsylvania State University to Attend Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

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