Kendell Carter

American, b. 1970


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Kendell Carter is a recent graduate from California State University, Long Beach. His installations bring together elements of urban street culture, modernist architecture, and textile and furniture design, funneling these disparate references into the domain of the museum gallery. Camouflage, brand-name clothing, and three-dimensional, chrome-plated graffiti share space with century-old toile designs and molded wainscoting. Carter blends and reshuffles the cultural identities of objects and materials, seeking to create a dialogue around their use and significance in contemporary society.

Kendell Carter was born in New Orleans and lives in Los Angeles. He received a BFA from Atlanta College of Art in 1994, studied environmental design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and is a recent MFA graduate of California State University, Long Beach. Carter's work has been included in exhibitions at Transport Gallery, Los Angeles; the Armory Arts Complex, Pasadena; and the Nexus Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta. In 2005 he participated in Save the Youth of America Summer Tour 2005: Five Countries, an exhibition that traveled throughout Europe. He was the recipient of a World Studio Foundation scholarship in 2002 and a Krauss Family Foundation grant in 2001. Reviews of his work have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the New Art Examiner.

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