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 fist pump
(detail) Fist Pump
plastic party acrylic paint with
plastic party table covers and
plastic party painting tarps
Size: XXXL, 1981
Keith Allyn Spencer
October 25 – December 9, 2018
Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts GalleryKEITH ALLYN SPENCER, was born and raised in the American desert Southwest border region. An emphasis with the middle letter of my name helps diminish the perpetual mix-ups with similar named persons: Kevin, Karl, Kurt, Kenny, Kanye, and Pete. Currently, I reside with my family (wife, 2 sons, and a black Wiener dog mix) in Granville, Ohio navigating towards long-term job security, cul-de-sacs, and organic groceries.Kent received his MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (2011) and a BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso (2003). Recent group exhibitions consist of Skylab Gallery (Columbus), Present Company (NYC), New Galerie at Yves Klein Archives (Paris), Simon Oldfield Gallery (London), and BigMedium (Austin). Recent solo shows include Ditch Projects (Oregon), The Composing Rooms (Berlin), Welcome Screen (London), Juicys Gallery (NYC), OFG.XXX (Dallas), Target (Indiana), and Domino’s Pizza (Rhode Island).

“Me As a Parent”
Keith Allyn Spencer explores painting expansively. Party table covers, fabric softener sheets, clay hardened by heat, fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion, and junk drawer items rendezvous. Spencer’s works catalyze ways to meander, poke around, test, & trespass.

Funding for this exhibition is generously provided by the Efroymson Family Fund.

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Good Deeds AKA Suggested Reading
A book of the work of Keith Allyn Spencer

Keith Allyn Spencer’s painting practice is a lo-fi interrogation of modernist values of form and color, but through his unconventional concern for the discarded and overlooked, and his interest in breaking out of the gallery space (his CV lists solo shows at the US Post Office, Domino’s Pizza, and Holiday Inn Express) the work exceeds these formal explorations. These “incursions” into “public” space, or non “art” space, form a large part of his practice. He also writes stories as titles for paintings, includes his role as a father to two young boys, and writes long list poems like “Good Deeds” — acts a person can perform out of kindness. This expanded work is always sincere, insightful, humorous, and intelligent. There are big questions in his work, such as the ethics of being an artist, that are wrestled in text, in titles, in his unconventional exhibition venues. He is thus a natural choice for Pink Jacket’s first solo artist book.

Please direct inquiries to pinkjacketpublishing – at – gmail.com

https://pinkjacket.org/Good-Deeds

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