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Kevin McNamee-Tweed
Little Hawk Field

7th December, 2017 - 27th January, 2018


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Kevin McNamee-Tweed, while largely unsubscribed to a single artistic medium, currently works primarily in a vein of monotyping. Already an idiosyncratic means of image-production, he has developed and refined techniques to both accentuate and temper the irregularity of the unpredictable process. Drawn, pressed, and incised using a variety of styli and tools, the image is transcribed via a blindness of process where instinct and depth of feel is coagulated into the complexity of composition that comes from works born outside of lens-based media.

The result of such obfuscatory mark-making is a surface quality that is at once raw and mediated. The works enter a liminal space between artefact, blueprint and folklore where a visual language of a familiar civilisation is unearthed, distilled and translated onto surfaces that echo as fragments of a whole. Ladders, road surfaces and depictions of domestic scenes become mysticised and archived through McNamee-Tweed’s process of transcendent depiction.

Accompanying the monotypes are a selection of paintings and ceramic pieces. Austere and restrained, the canvases contrast the image resonance of the rigorous-looking monotypes while echoing their atmosphere and scale. The ce- ramics, which range from painterly renderings to three-dimensional abstractions, interact with the two dimensional work both formally and structurally.

Sourced from his time in Italy, Texas, and Iowa, among other places, Kevin McNamee-Tweed’s pictures carry a sense of intimacy as well as universality. Minced with colloquial and art-historical imagery, the vignettes throughout Little Hawk Field present visceral realities inhabitable by personal histories as well as grandiose cliché.


Kevin McNamee-Tweed (b. 1984) atteneded New York University and the University of Iowa. Lives and works in Iowa City, IA.

Solo Exhibitions:

The End, Bay Space, Portland, OR, 2017 / Self-Tourism, MoHA, Austin, TX, 2017 / Handmade Books, The Menil Collection Bookstore, Houston, TX, 2016 / Bread In North Carolina Butter In Tennessee, The Still House Group / To_Bridges_, NY, 2016 / 100 Views, Lower Left Gallery, Austin, TX, 2016 / Words Installation at Austin Bergstrom Airport, 2015 / Words, Pump Project, Austin, TX, 2015 / Sherts and Dreams, LasCruxes, Austin, TX, 2015 / Karl’s Korner, Bolm Studios Project Space, Austin, TX, 2014 / Books, Little Berlin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2014 / Books, Co-Lab Projects, Austin, TX, 2014 / Shit Show, Eleven Sev- enteen Garland, Austin, TX, 2013 / Rocks, Big Medium Gallery and Project Space, Austin, TX, 2012

Selected Group Exhibitions and Fairs:

Another Place, Shrine, New York, NY, 2017 / Spring 1883 Fair Sydney Australia, Dutton Gallery, 2017 / GIFC, The Hole, New York, NY, 2017 / Eyes Ears Nose Etc Etc. Curated by Ryan Travis Christian, Left Field, San Luis Obispo, Ca, 2017 / Zing Zang Blunder, Harbinger Projects, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2017 Mysticeti: Jonathan Ryan Storm & Kevin McNamee-Tweed, Molasses Books, Brooklyn, NY, 2017 / Part IV, Magic the Gallery, Austin, TX, 2017 / A Room With a View, Eddy’s Room, Brooklyn, NY, 2016 / Return Policy, The Still House Group, NY, NY, 2016 / In Residence, Las Cruxes, Austin, TX, 2016 / A Little Me Time, The Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX, 2015 / Coming To Terms, LittleBerlin, Philadephia, PA, 2015 / Bazt, Flux Factory, New York, NY, 2015