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I explore political and philosophical material through kinetic sculptures, videos and diagrams, often employing DIY, allegorical and auto-didactic methods and modes of representation to engender visceral, uncanny and humorous encounters.
Solo exhibitions include Matt's Gallery (2019), Beaconsfield (2019) and Piper Keys (2018). Group exhibitions include Greene Naftali (2017), ICA (2016) and BAK (2013).
I have published articles on the politics of art and art education in the Journal of Visual Art Practice, Third Text, Mute, Art Monthly and elsewhere.
I studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and completed a PhD on 'The Political Nature of Art Today' at the London Consortium.
I am a member of the Social Morphologies Research Unit and the Capital Drawing Group
I am currently first supervisor for several practice-based PhD students at the Contemporary Art Research Centre.
I am interested in pursuing the possibilities for an art of social expression, cognitive exploration and enjoyment. Sometimes in my work, e.g. kinetic sculptures and certain videos, this is manifested through a compulsive, 'idiotically' repetitive, horror aesthetic. At other times, as with certain diagrams, live drawings and digital collages, the work operates with respect to specific issues, texts or problems (economic, political, philosophical, etc.). Influenced both by semiotic and allegorical methods of symbolic production, I am interested in creating affective forms of representation. These processes have extended into methods of teaching, as with my development of Social Body Mind Mapping and other forms of 'thinking through drawing'. Recently, I have written about fine art education, seeking to defend the principles of social inclusion, critical thinking and experimentation whilst drawing attention to the ways 'professional practice' may extend or challenge dominant ideological patterns of art world success and failure.
Kenning, Dean (2021) Exploratory diagramming and diagram theory : Greimas, Peirce and Châtelet. Journal of Visual Art Practice, 20(3), pp. 177-195. ISSN (print) 1470-2029
Kenning, Dean (2019) What we do and what is done to us : teaching art as culture. Arts, 8(1), p. 31. ISSN (online) 2076-0752
Kenning, Dean (2019) Art world strategies : neoliberalism and the politics of professional practice in fine art education. Journal of Visual Art Practice, 18(2), pp. 115-131. ISSN (print) 1470-2029
Kenning, Dean (2018) Book Review of 'Who runs the artworld : money power and ethics' by Brad Buckley and John Conomos (eds). International Journal of Education Through Art, 14(3), pp. 397-399. ISSN (print) 1743-5234
Kenning, Dean (2013) What schools can offer art: towards an avant-gardist conception of gallery education. Visual Culture in Britain, 14(3), pp. 319-341. ISSN (print) 1471-4787
Kenning, Dean (2012) Refusing conformity and exclusion in art education. Mute, ISSN (online) 1356-7748
Kenning, Dean (2018) The Zone. In: Duman, Alberto , Hancox, Dan , James, Malcolm and Minton, Anna, (eds.) Regeneration songs : sounds of investment and loss from East London. London, U.K. : Repeater Books. pp. 413-420. ISBN 9781912248230
Kenning, Dean [Interviewee] (2016) Dr Dean Kenning is a Research Fellow in The School of Fine Art at Kingston University. He is also a writer and an artist, most recently writing about art education. We interviewed him at the Royal Festival Hall, London. In: Allen, Jo and Rowles, Sarah, (eds.) Professional practice : 20 questions : Interviews with UK undergraduate Fine Art staff exploring how students are prepared for life after art school. London, U.K. : Q-Arts. pp. 221-232. ISBN 9780956435583
Addison, Nicholas, Burgess, Lesley, Kinsella, Victoria and Kenning, Dean (2015) Learning in art and design education. In: Addison, Nicholas and Burgess, Lesley, (eds.) Learning to teach art and design in the secondary school: a companion to school experience. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 21-70. ISBN 9780415842891
Kenning, Dean (2015) Thinking through art: the social body mind map. In: Addison, Nicholas and Burgess, Lesley, (eds.) Learning to teach art and design in the secondary school: a companion to school experience. 3rd ed. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. ISBN 9780415842884
Kenning, Dean (2017) Art world strategies : neoliberalism and the rise of professional practice in fine art education. In: For, about, nearby : the value of diversity and difference in fine art practice, research and education; 14 - 15 Sep 2017, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Kenning, Dean (2017) Neoliberalism and the politics of professional practice in fine art education. In: We Need to Talk About This : illusion of separation between us; 06 May 2017, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Kenning, Dean (2012) What schools can offer art : towards an avant-gardist conception of gallery education. In: Towards an avant-gardist conception of gallery education; 08 Dec 2012, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Berriman, Sovay [Artist], Plastique Fantastique [Artist], Harris, Rowena [Artist], Kenning, Dean [Artist], Rebelo, Ines [Artist] and Sames, Lucy A. [Curator] (2013) The Starseed transmission: a diagrammatic message from outer space. The Starseed Transmission. .