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Kendell Carter

Interview: Cultured Magazine

January 1, 2015 - Tali Jaffe

Cultured's Executive Editor Tali Jaffe sits down with artist Kendell Carter. 

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Review: TimeOut Chicago

June 14, 2011

Kendell Carter: Liberation Summer at Monique Meloche Gallery
May 21 - July 30, 2011

 "The materials that the Southern California artist chooses for his abstract works are so charged, however, that identity remains at the forefront of “Liberation Summer,” even as the show flouts expectations that black artists will interpret black history. The “drips” in works such as Drip and Stroke (pictured, 2010) are actually fat, colorful shoelaces. These and other clothes and accessories, such as Enyce shirts and big gold chains, root Carter’s mixed-media assemblages in hip-hop’s visual culture."

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Review: Los Angeles Times

April 24, 2009 - Holly Myers

Special installation: Changing Room at Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles CA

"It is a clever commentary on the widespread cultural and commercial co-opting of street fashion, particularly given that the mirrors are all slightly askew, fracturing the reflection of the body into pieces and making it impossible to achieve a coherent view."

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Interview: Saatchi Art

April 9, 2008 - Sarah Pearl

Kendell Carter: Common Ground at Monique Meloche Gallery
March 14 - April 19, 2008

On a normal day, passers-by can peek into the ground floor windows of Monique Meloche Gallery and find a sparse, modest-sized space with a zealous sampling of contemporary art’s most rapidly emerging names. Yet on this particular afternoon in Chicago, as Kendell Carter attended to last minute touch ups before his opening, the front room of the gallery experienced a spirited transformation. Against a backdrop of prim English wainscoting and crisp white walls broken by black stripes, Carter’s exhibit, entitled Common Ground, delivers multiple paths of social and historical inquiry. Citing Robert Irwin’s ideas as a potent stimulus for his direction as an artist, Carter weaves his personal sensibilities in and around these theories until brilliant colors and contexts explode and bleed together. A re-appropriation of urban material culture is central. Design and decoration merge as cultural yearnings enforce themselves through a skillfully fabricated environment.

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