Taking footage from his travels through the African country of Ghana, multi-media artist Kenseth Armstead creates a series of visually fractured components in both video and print in his project, “in_authentic_b”. This work explores the commonalities and differences of Africans and African-Americans found within identity, communication, and social ritual movements. Within a menagerie of the written, audible, and visual elements, Armstead’s studies of movement invite the viewer to consider the barriers and distances between realities both mental and physical.
The oversized digital prints extracted from what was just a second of video, provide a creative tension between video’s limited ability to provide detail and the information within the printed frame – a boy who appears closer and closer through the sequence of prints. Armstead’s jostling camera work contrasts the staid positioning of Muybridge’s cameras, opening a window through which we can consider how understandable a/the subject is when viewed by an outsider.
A mixed-media artist working in print, video, and installation, Kenseth Armstead has exhibited his work internationally as an individual artist and as a founding member of the collaborative art-band X-Prz. A graduate of the Corcoran School of Art and the Whitney Independent Study Program, his work has been presented at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Threadwaxing Space, and most recently in Open House at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and at Gigantic Art Space in NYC. A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant, Armstead has had residencies at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Sculpture Space, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work is included in both public and private collections.