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Kenny Rivera, also known as Captain Kenny, is a visual artist from North Adams, Massachusetts. Kenny works in mediums such as spray paint and charcoal but as of recently, began working with silk screen printing. With no formal background in art, most of his work is developed for the purpose of educating himself in his craft and learning the inner workings of gallery exhibitions. In addition to his individual approach to art, Kenny intends to create a new form of storytelling while using multiple interactive mediums that interlink with one another to create an expansive story lore.
Kenny’s work has been shown in several open exhibition spaces such as the MCLA Design Lab in North Adams, MA and the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, MA. Kenny also works as a full time Security Guard at Mass MoCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), the largest contemporary art museum in the country. In addition to his occupation in art, he is also a creative member of the arts collectives Makers Mill and Common Folk.
Kenny hopes to further expand his understanding of the art world while continuing to make work that enables his audience to join in his adventure. So as Captain Kenny would say in his finest words, “Let’s set sail and head towards the horizon!”.
During my residency with OVERLAND ARTWORKS, I worked on a spray paint visual of the Greylock War Memorial. My proposal for this piece stayed very much on point with the actual execution. It was done with spray paint on a 3ft x 3ft gallery wrapped stretched canvas. I was able to utilize the space in a three car garage that Lollie (my MoCA co-worker) lets me use from time to time. The piece is titled Greylock Fox and will be available for display April 13th at District Restaurant in Pittsfield, Massachusetts until early August.
I chose to participate in 24/2 for two honest reasons. The first was that I love supporting projects that my peers develop. The second was to gauge my own growth with my art. The benefit of participating in 24/2 for me was the time dedicated to my work. It helped me see the value of the creation process and the discipline required to continue producing work.
I definitely learned a few things about myself and my work habits. The most important was discovering that I’m too comfortable. I’ve become so accustomed to a routine that I’ve created a safety net when I work. Whenever I get anxious or frustrated with a new medium or method I resort back to what’s familiar. It’s because I fail to push for the next step that my art sometimes feels incomplete. Fortunately enough, I'm not the only artist who experiences this.
Being able to focus while creating has never been an issue for me. Once I get started with a project, I’m on a roll. I turn up my favorite tunes, get all my supply and equipment together and just go at it. I would sometimes take photos throughout my progress just to archive my notes and tactics used when I approach any piece. I kept that overall environment and motion throughout my duration of the exercise.
Overall, the OVERLAND ARTWORKS 24/2 exercise was a complete success. I found great value in my work and the time dedicated to it. I learned that if I want to go further in the quality of my work I have to escape my comfort zone. In addition, the experience was extremely beneficial and Grace Clark, the creator of this project herself was more than helpful before and during the residency. I am always inspired and sometimes it’s hard to take time to express myself because life affects everyone differently. I’m definitely considering applying for the longer residency options.