Kyle Jenkins: Sunken Treasure

Kyle Jenkins: Sunken Treasure, MINUS SPACE

February 5 – March 12, 2011

MINUS SPACE is delighted to announce the exhibition Kyle Jenkins: Sunken Treasure. This is the Australian artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States and it will feature a new site-specific painting installation.

Working in a wide array of media, including painting, wall painting, works on paper, artist books, photography, film, and sound, Kyle has developed a distinct form of intuitive abstraction that incorporates both hard-edge and organic strategies. Informed by the geometric regularity of the urban environment, the artist’s core concern has been the integration of art and architecture over the past decade.

For Sunken Treasure, Kyle will present a new wall painting, new acrylic paintings on canvas, and a suite of new paintings on paper recently produced during a residency in Denmark. The title of the exhibition stems from an ongoing series of projects planned by the artist in which the architecture of the gallery space and the art works presented within it collapse into each other. About this idea, Kyle states, “Sunken treasure is something that is there and present at the bottom of the ocean, but at the same time, it is hidden from view by its position at the bottom of the sea. The work in this exhibition will function in the same way, with no separation between the paintings, the wall painting, and the gallery space.

Kyle Jenkins (b. 1975, Dungog, New South Wales, Australia) has exhibited his work internationally for the past 15 years, including in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. Kyle’s work was included in our recent group exhibition MINUS SPACE, curated by Phong Bui, at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York in 2008-2009. His work is included in the collections of Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Qantas (both Australia), and Esbjerg Museum (Denmark), as well as countless private collections worldwide.

In addition to his artistic work, Kyle is Coordinator of the Visual Art Department and Senior Lecturer in Painting & Art Theory at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia. During his career, he has curated numerous exhibitions about contemporary reductive abstraction throughout Australia. He has also played pivotal roles in the development and leadership of countless artist-run projects in Australia, including CBD Gallery, SPHERE press, Project 11, MOP Projects, Sydney Non-Objective, Non-Objective Toowoomba, i.e. gallery, and Buttons and Zippers.

Kyle is also a member of the rock bands Bloodspots and Suicide Swans. He holds a PhD in Visual Art and Theory from the University of Sydney, Australia.

This exhibition has been supported by The University of Southern Queensland, Faculty of Arts Research Committee. MINUS SPACE’s programming is made possible by the support of The Golden Rule Foundation, as well as individual donors. We thank you!

Kyle Jenkins: Sunken Treasure, MINUS SPACE

Kyle Jenkins: Sunken Treasure, MINUS SPACE