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The Brink: Anne Fenton

East Gallery

March 1, 2014June 15, 2014

Anne Fenton. Study for a party light [video still].

The Brink is a biennial award that spotlights the work of an artist who resides in Washington, Oregon, or British Columbia and is in the early stages of a promising professional career. This exhibition honors the recipient for his or her innovative work. The award-winner receives a prize of $12,500; in addition a work by the artist will be acquired for the Henry Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

This year’s recipient is Anne Fenton (U.S., born Saudi Arabia 1982) from Seattle. Fenton’s work is not defined in terms of any specific medium and favors a collaborative, organic, process-oriented approach to art making. The work is fresh, bold, and representative of the artist’s personal interests, as well as the concerns of its generation. The themes explored in Fenton’s practice are varied and are clear indicators of our current state of disconnection to each other and to the world around us.

“In my current practice, appropriation and collaboration allow for a re-authoring of images and ideas. Objects and images that pass into the work often pass between strangers or materialize through translation and memory.” – Anne Fenton, 2013

Anne Fenton received a BFA in Photography from the University of Washington and attended the Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles.

The Brink: Anne Fenton is made possible by the generous Patrons and The Brink Award founders, John and Shari Behnke. The exhibition is organized for the Henry by Luis Croquer, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections.
Featured artists: Anne Fenton
Anne Fenton. Study for a party light [video still]. 2013. Single-channel video [color, silent]. Courtesy of the artist.