Sakhile&Me, Frankfurt / Main

Oberlindau 7, 60323 Frankfurt / Main, Germany



Kevin M. Demery (b. 1992)

MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2018

BFA California College of the Arts, 2014

As a painter and sculptor, my research has been primarily looking at intersections of North American history and signifiers of power while also traversing collective nostalgia. To achieve this, I’ve structured a visual language that employs many sculptural techniques while simultaneously referring to a plethora of painting histories.

One of my recent works entitled I Heard God Laughing exemplifies these interests and how I manifest them in a variety of ways. The piece is larger than the life-size black painted silhouette of the head of George Stinney Jr., a wrongfully convicted African American teenager, and the youngest person to be executed in the United States. The neck of the head has a black metal collar around it with cut conduit pipes hanging. Together these pieces form a wind chime that omits a soft and ominous tone that conjures the nostalgia of this kitsch object while communicating a vast history of subjugation and victimization. The title of the work comes from the 14th Century Persian poet Hafiz and a collection of poems of his dealing with hope and joy amidst fear and adversity.

This way of working is a purposeful attempt to make each work into a snippet of poetry. The paintings I have created alongside these sculptural works are primarily composed of collage and assemblage with a bold elementary palette. All of these moves are a way at evoking a child-like familiarity while also pointing to contents of significant historical weight.

Kevin M. Demery
I Heard God Laughing
2018, Pine wood, conduit pipes, aluminum, and acrylic, 32 x 18 in.
Kevin M. Demery
In the Wilderness and Windfall of Our Existence
2018, Pine wood, conduit pipes, aluminum, and acrylic, 24 x 18 in.
Kevin M. Demery
Boy Looks Like A Man
2017, Acrylic, coins, black beans, handbag and collage on canvas, 36 x 36 in.
Kevin M. Demery
In Support of Your Child
2018, Acrylic, shoestring, collage, and canvas shoes on canvas, 37 x 24 in.
Kevin M. Demery
I Saw It Coming
2018, Charcoal, collage, acrylic on panel, 12 x 12 in.
Kevin M. Demery
Little Houses
2017, Acrylic resin, collage, masking tape, and fishnet on canvas, 60 x 48 in.
Kevin M. Demery
Thankful for the Inheritance of the Blues
2018, Cardboard letters, various handbags, coins, collage, glitter, and acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in.