Literary Nonfiction. Art. LGBTQIA Studies. Edited by Rachel Valinsky. 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.
Kerry Downey is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in New York City. Downey's practice includes video, printmaking, drawing, writing, and performance. They've recently had a solo show at CAVE in Detroit and two-person shows at Knockdown Center and 20|20 Gallery in New York City. They have exhibited at the Queens Museum, Flushing, NY; the Hessel Museum at Bard College, Annandale, 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.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA