Kian McKeown, Spyhole, 2021

Opening: Friday March 4, 5—8 pm

Fragment Gallery, New York is pleased to introduce Kian McKeown with his first solo show, Earthminer. Utilizing a quotidian iconography of forms, Earthminer presents sculptural, drawing, and installation work, portraying desolate landscapes ravaged by impossible, surreal machines. Uncomfortably occupying a position between object and bodily form, McKeown’s surrealist figures present a landscape of longing, displacement, and unfulfilled desire. 

McKeown’s practice of contemporary surrealism divorces objects from their function while using biomorphic elements to reflect different emotive states.. Nervousness or uncertainty are often evoked through the use of misplaced and seemingly random symbolic forms. All of these sentiments act to characterize the figures of McKeown’s sculptures and drawings as struggling to exist and assimilate into the real world around them. 

The often violent landscapes and forms also allude to generational anxieties about a grim future of the environment. For the artist, Earthminer reflects the “frustrations about a quickly crumbling planet, viewed through the lens of a fictional and highly exaggerated world.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Kian McKeown (b 1999, New York) received a BFA from Cooper Union, where he has enjoyed both exhibitions and publications. He lives and works in New York City.

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Kian McKeown, Visitor 2, 2021.
Colored pencil on paper, 9 6/8 x 6 9/16 inches / 24.77 x 16.67 cm
Visitor 2
Kian McKeown
2021
Colored pencil on paper
9 6/8 x 6 9/16 inches / 24.77 x 16.67 cm
Kian McKeown, Instrument 1, 2021.
Colored pencil on paper, 7 6/8 x 4 5/8 inches / 11.75 x 19.69 cm
Instrument 1
Kian McKeown
2021
Colored pencil on paper
7 6/8 x 4 5/8 inches / 11.75 x 19.69 cm
Kian McKeown, Instrument 2, 2021.
Colored pencil on paper, 7 9/16 х 5 11/16 inches / 19.21 x 14.45 cm
Instrument 2
Kian McKeown
2021
Colored pencil on paper
7 9/16 х 5 11/16 inches / 19.21 x 14.45 cm
Kian McKeown, Specimen, 2021.
Colored pencil on paper, 7 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches / 19.05 x 14.61 cm
Specimen
Kian McKeown
2021
Colored pencil on paper
7 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches / 19.05 x 14.61 cm
Kian McKeown, Visitor 1, 2021.
Colored pencil on paper, 10 x 6 7/16 inches / 25.4 x 16.35 cm
Visitor 1
Kian McKeown
2021
Colored pencil on paper
10 x 6 7/16 inches / 25.4 x 16.35 cm
Kian McKeown, Treefeet, 2021.
Colored pencil and acrylic on wood, 16 5/16 x 12 7/8 inches / 41.43 x 32.71 cm
Treefeet
Kian McKeown
2021
Colored pencil and acrylic on wood
16 5/16 x 12 7/8 inches / 41.43 x 32.71 cm
Kian McKeown, Spyhole, 2020.
Epoxy clay and colored pencil on masonite, 14 1/4 x 10 7/16 x 3 5/16 inches / 36.2 x 26.51 x 8.41 cm
Spyhole
Kian McKeown
2020
Epoxy clay and colored pencil on masonite
14 1/4 x 10 7/16 x 3 5/16 inches / 36.2 x 26.51 x 8.41 cm
Kian McKeown, Spyhole II, 2021.
Paper mache, tinted gesso, colored pencil, 20 x 20 x 32 inches / 50,80 x 50,80 x 81,28 cm
Spyhole II
Kian McKeown
2021
Paper mache, tinted gesso, colored pencil
20 x 20 x 32 inches / 50,80 x 50,80 x 81,28 cm
Kian McKeown, Earthminer, 2022.
Wood, paint, colored pencil on paper, 8 15/16 x 10 15/16 x 26 inches / 22,70 x 27,78 x 66,04 cm
Earthminer
Kian McKeown
2022
Wood, paint, colored pencil on paper
8 15/16 x 10 15/16 x 26 inches / 22,70 x 27,78 x 66,04 cm
Kian McKeown, Blue Chair, 2021.
Armature wire, epoxy putty, paint, 51 x 21 11/16 x 20 1/2 inches / 129,54 x 55,0862 x 52,07 cm
Blue Chair
Kian McKeown
2021
Armature wire, epoxy putty, paint
51 x 21 11/16 x 20 1/2 inches / 129,54 x 55,0862 x 52,07 cm
Kian McKeown, Blushing Bat, 2021.
Cardboard tube, epoxy clay, paint, 74 1/2 x 15 x 11 15/16 inches / 189,23 x 38,10 x 30,32 cm
Blushing Bat
Kian McKeown
2021
Cardboard tube, epoxy clay, paint
74 1/2 x 15 x 11 15/16 inches / 189,23 x 38,10 x 30,32 cm
Kian McKeown, Catapult, 2022.
Colored pencil on paper, wood, foam, clay, paint, 8 1/8 x 9 5/8 x 1 1/3 inches / 20,63 x 24,44 x 3,38 cm
Catapult
Kian McKeown
2022
Colored pencil on paper, wood, foam, clay, paint
8 1/8 x 9 5/8 x 1 1/3 inches / 20,63 x 24,44 x 3,38 cm
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