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b. 1967, USA

Kevin Appel Biography

Throughout his career Kevin Appel has engaged in a dialogue with architectural space; in particular the cool lines of modernist American architects. His most recent works however, with clever remodeling, reduce the vernacular American home to the sum of its parts. Pipes, plumbing and shards of wood emerge from the interiors of log cabins and tree houses to create semi abstract assemblages playing with scale and proportion. Patchworks of stripes, textiles, wood grain, Formica and bricks, painted with exquisite precision and perfect geometry, humorously caricature modernist design.

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Elements of the great outdoors and rudimentary structures collide with crisp contemporary pattern, creating overlapping piles of swirling debris. A complex spatial layering of collage, compact the works into a flat plane. There is confusion as to whether this is a construction or a collapse. Interior spaces are turned inside out hinting at some domestic crisis or is it simply nature exacting its revenge on the suburban sprawl.

Widely exhibited internationally, Kevin Appel has had solo exhibitions at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, Wilkinson Gallery in London, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City. His works have been included in the group exhibitions; “Drawings Now: 8 Propositions,” Museum of Modern Art, New York; and “Painting at the Edge of the World,” at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Kevin Appel Featured Artworks

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Untitled Composite by Kevin Appel contemporary artwork
Kevin AppelUntitled Composite, 2017Oil and UV cured ink on paper
76.2 x 55.9 cm
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Miles McEnery Gallery
Untitled Composite by Kevin Appel contemporary artwork
Kevin AppelUntitled Composite, 2017Oil and UV cured ink on paper
76.2 x 55.9 cm
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Composite 34 (seasons ruin) by Kevin Appel contemporary artwork
Kevin AppelComposite 34 (seasons ruin), 2017Oil and UV cured ink on aluminium
109.2 x 81.3 cm
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Composite 33 (ox) by Kevin Appel contemporary artwork
Kevin AppelComposite 33 (ox), 2017Oil and UV cured ink on aluminium
109.2 x 81.3 cm
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Miles McEnery Gallery
Construction (forest) by Kevin Appel contemporary artwork
Kevin AppelConstruction (forest), 2009Gouache and collage on Archival Pigment on Watercolour Paper
76.2 x 55.9 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Untitled (Blossom 5) by Kevin Appel contemporary artwork
Kevin AppelUntitled (Blossom 5), 2008Gouache, collage and pencil on paper
43 x 35.5 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Pink Lady by Kevin Appel contemporary artwork
Kevin AppelPink Lady, 2008Oil and acrylic on canvas over panel
184 x 165 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Shed by Kevin Appel contemporary artwork
Kevin AppelShed, 2008Oil and acrylic on canvas over panel
152 x 127 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery

Kevin Appel Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Belief in Giants at Miles McEnery Gallery, New York
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17 February–10 March 2018 Group Exhibition Belief in Giants Miles McEnery Gallery525 West 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Kevin Appel, Solo Exhibition at Miles McEnery Gallery, New York
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17 November–23 December 2016 Kevin Appel Solo Exhibition Miles McEnery Gallery525 West 22nd Street, New York

Kevin Appel Represented By

Two Rooms contemporary art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand Two Rooms Auckland

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