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Geometries of Color: Drawings by Stephen Kenney

LocationJames W. Palmer III Gallery

An opening reception will be held on June 20th from 5pm to 6:30pm in the Palmer Gallery. 

The over thirty drawings in Geometries of Color engage viewers with their sensitive use of color and intricate geometric patterns. Kenney, a public-school math and statistics teacher for over thirty years in New York’s Wappingers School District, began a second career as an artist after retiring from the classroom. Kenney is also a yoga practitioner and teacher. His art training is limited to a few community art classes he took in the 1970s and 80s. His outsider art status combines with a deep understanding of mathematical concepts to create a synergy as he explores math, color, yoga, and geometric patterns in colored pencil on Bristol paper. 

Kenney’s drawings are both meditative and full of energy. Titles like Circle of Greatest Curvature for y = x^4 come as a surprise as the images are interesting, beautiful, and transcendent without knowing that they are visual representations of mathematics. Once the connection between color, math, yoga, and meditation is revealed, viewers will want to return again and again to view Kenney’s transformational drawings.