How We Make It and Survive While Trying
Kenneth E. Parris III
Struggling For An Extraordinary And Peaceful Life
Referencing concepts of self-determination, Protestant work ethic, and divine providence, Parris’ series of mixed media paintings and watercolors challenges whether these beliefs contribute more to improving our lives or maintaining inequality. Primarily figurative and sensuous, he uses dramatic shifts in scale and brushwork, ghosted double exposures, and shocks of color to recontextualize his subject matter. Anchored by the shared experience of our struggle and tension in the human form, the work is a personification of manipulative forces and an invitation for each of us to change.
About the Artist
Kenneth E. Parris III is a Brooklyn-based Visual Artist. His paintings and installations have been critically acclaimed, notably by: WalkerArt.org, NPR, Trend Hunter Art & Design, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Time Out New York. His series, Drawing Dance, was featured for twenty-three weeks in The New York Times ArtsBeat and culminated in exhibitions in New York City, Houston, Philadelphia, and at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Parris is a studio artist in Chashama’s Space to Create Program and is fiscally sponsored by The Solo Foundation. He has won awards from the American Advertising Federation and had work selected for the Bombay Sapphire & Russell Simmons Artisan Series. He performed in the remount of Rashaun Mitchell’s NOX at Danspace Project, has been a panelist for The One Club, guest lectured on collaboration at Bard College, and is Art Editor of H.O.W. Journal. He has artwork in numerous collections including Barclay & Rebecca Knapp, Lester Marks, and Dr. Richard J. Massey.