Power Lines is a solo exhibition of recent work by painter and sculptor Kevin M. Demery that explores the interplay between North American history and signifiers of power. Demery develops a painterly language that invites us to move between the potent aesthetic of his work and recurring motifs of historical violence, surveillance and childhood trauma.
The exhibition is Demery's first show in Germany. Power Lines depicts a selection of eleven works - nine acrylic paintings on canvas and two pinewood sculptures - almost all of them enhanced with materials such as aluminum, conduit pipes, coins, purses, or shoes. The pieces merge the two-dimensional with the three-dimensional to form poetic snippets of history and collective reflection and range in tone from bright primary colors over pastels to black on gold.
The title of the show refers to Demery's mapping of geometric color blocks with objects hanging from ropes or chains that are draped over the canvas. Demery says, "the Power Lines series is originally inspired by seeing electrical lines used to honor deceased members of my community through the hanging of discarded shoes. The works draw on concepts of memorials through racial subjugation and use religious imagery like stained glass or chains and jute rope to replace the power lines."