Matt Keegan & Eileen Quinlan "Y? O! G... A."

The Kitchen

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The Kitchen presents Y? O! G... A., a new exhibition by artists Matt Keegan and Eileen Quinlan. The exhibition features works made by the artists both collaboratively and individually in a variety of media, including video, photography, painting and sculpture.

Keegan and Quinlan have been friends for over a decade. This collaboration is rooted in their ongoing dialogue. Meditating on the intersection of their private and professional lives, the artists were prompted to pose questions about spirituality, health and lifestyle. Such concerns help shed the specific and intimate parameters of this exhibition and move it into a space of generative abstraction. What areas of our lives demand constant or daily practice? How might we locate sustained political engagement while moving through the mundane cycles of morning, noon and night?

Like art, yoga is an activity that requires its practitioners to remain anchored in the current moment. Keegan and Quinlan were initially drawn to yoga mats, as a skin-like material that functions as a stand-in for the body. As this exhibition developed, their own bodies became directly implicated.

Leading up to Y? O! G... A., the artists kept their focus on the present, but all the while feeling the weight of the past and pull of the future on their lives: The Freedom Tower is becoming part of the skyline, the Occupy movement had its first birthday, and the 57th US presidential election will take place during the run of this exhibition. Corresponding with these developments is their increasing awareness of the strata of generations, artistic and personal, whose different approaches to art and life must be seen in relationship to shifting political and social realities.

Matt Keegan is an artist based in New York. He attended Carnegie Mellon University, receiving his BFA in 1998, and went on to earn his MFA from Columbia University in 2004. This year, Keegan edited ==, an art edition published by mfc michéle didier. In 2011, he had solo exhibitions at D'Amelio Terras Gallery, New York, and Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco. Last year, his work was also featured in Exposure, a three-person exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, and group shows at the Deutsche Guggenheim, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, FOAM, Amsterdam, and the Aspen Art Museum. Keegan was the co-founder and editor of North Drive Press, an annual art publication published from 2004 – 2010.

Eileen Quinlan attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, graduating with a BFA in 1996. After moving to New York in 1999, she worked in advertising and fashion, and as an assistant to commercial photographers, before earning an MFA from Columbia University in 2005. In the last six years, she has had ten solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe, including a museum solo at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in 2009. Her work has appeared in dozens of group shows internationally. Quinlan is co-chair of the photography department at Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.



from November 13, 2012 to December 22, 2012

Opening Reception on 2012-11-15 from 18:00 to 20:00

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