Artist, New York
Guna S. Mundheim Fellow in the Visual Arts - Class of Spring 2011
Dave McKenzie’s videos, performances, and installation works are motivated by the desire to make mundane objects and gestures aesthetically relevant. They also embody a playful, conceptual approach to themes such as artistic and racial identity, public space, and personal relationships. The Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-based artist has frequently made use of his own likeness in his work, as in the performance piece “While Supplies Last” (2003), which featured the artist in a giant papier-mâché mask of himself giving miniature “Dave” dolls to passers-by. Curator Debra Singer of the Kitchen has described McKenzie’s work as exploring “relationships between belief and desire, perseverance and hope, relevance and obsolescence.” McKenzie has had solo exhibitions, most recently, at the Aspen Art Museum, at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects in 2009, and in 2008 at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and at REDCAT Gallery in Los Angeles.