KEVIN DALY
ARTIST STATEMENT


I am interested in the relationship between desire and necessity, the clashing of the ideal and the actual. The inadequacy of a rationalist program of structuring a culture in constant flux results in its having to constantly revise, regroup, and accommodate. This can be seen throughout culture, from the retrofitting of bathrooms for the handicapped to the creation and amendment of laws, the rethinking of political and military strategies to trends in popular culture.

My work is an expression of this dialectical nature of culture. The recent work consists of large-scale paintings that use the whimsical vernacular of pop culture within the context of the Modernist tradition of geometric abstraction. The stripe/check patterns and colors function formally, but are also socially ubiquitous. The process is precise and methodical, but the compositions are awkward and unresolved. The paintings are ironic in a sense, but they are not cynical. They are a celebration of the human within the rational.
CV
Education

Hunter College, NY,NY, MFA, Combined Media

San Francisco Art Institute, SF, CA, BFA, Painting

Parsons School of Design, NY,NY, Communication Design


Selected Exhibitions
2013
Comfort Zone, Adam Lister Gallery, Fairfax, VA
Web Versions, Whitney Center, Hamden, CT
2012
MANIAC; Manic Episode 3, Hamburg, Germany
Making Room, Institute Library, New Haven, CT
Inventaire, Grenoble, Switzerland
2011
MANIAC; Manic Episode 2, Brick House Gallery,
Sacramento, CA
2010
Sacred Heart University Faculty Show, Gallery of
Contemporary Art, SHU, Fairfield, CT
2009
MANIAC; Manic Episode 1, Artspace, Hartford, CT
Pilot Pen Player's Pavilion, Yale, New Haven, CT
2008
CWOS, New Haven, CT
2007
CWOS, New Haven, CT
2006
CWOS, New Haven, CT
2005
Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
2002
Exile, Long Island City, NY
2001
Atelier Gallery, Long Island City, NY
1996
Spring, NY,NY
1995
Chamber 1, NY,NY
Vorhees Gallery, NY, NY, MFA Thesis show
1994
Vorhees Gallery, NY,NY
1993
Blue Monkey, SF, CA
Diego Rivera Gallery, SF, CA
Walter and McBean Gallery, SF, CA
1992
Diego Rivera Gallery, SF, CA
Walter and McBean Gallery, SF, CA


Curated Shows

1995
Handmade Readymades, Luebsdorf Gallery, NY, NY
w/ Thomas Weaver, Brenna Beirne, and Diana Cooper
work featured by; Jeff Koons, Haim Steinbach, Robert
Gober, Rachel Whiteread, Fischli and Weiss, Richard
Artschwager, and Robert Watts