Washington, DC

Kenny Hunter

CONNERSMITH.

The exhibition “Chase the Devil,” the first in the United States for Scottish sculptor Kenny Hunter, included seven sculptures and two silk-screen prints. In contrast to the prints, both 2000, which contain manipulated photographic imagery and textual overlays, the sculptures look traditional, even conservative. Informed by the classical tradition of public monuments, they rely on figuration, tend toward the monochromatic, and make use of allegory. In this they are closer to the three bronze figures Frederick Hart added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial than to Maya Lin's original formalist conception of the monument. However, unlike many artists working in a revivalist tradition, Hunter is not antimodernist. Nor does he reject avant-garde formal innovations out-of-hand, as his prints make clear. Rather than simply update traditional figural forms with contemporary clothes, he reconceives

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