Kennedy Yanko (b. 1988) is a Brooklyn-based abstract artist working primarily with found objects and paint. Her formal gesture towards material is balanced by an intuitive response to the shapes, colors, textures and scale that she's presented with. Perception, too, is one of her elements, which she imbues with ambiguity and uncertainty by intentionally blurring the seemingly hard lines between metal and paint.
Since debuting sculptures from her "Elements and Skin" collection as part of a Derrick Adams-curated group show, "Hidden in Plain Sight" (Jenkins Johnson Project Space. Brooklyn, NY. 2017), Yanko has shown regularly at galleries and fairs domestically and internationally. Her work belongs to the JP Morgan Chase Collection, and the collections of Beth Rudin deWoody, and Helyn Goldenberg. In 2018 Yanko was named “Artist of the Week” during Armory Week by Milk Magazine and profiled by Vice. She exhibited in Cry of Victory and Short Walks to Freedom as part of Hank Willis Thomas’ national For Freedoms project, and was invited to show with Parallels and Peripheries at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. In 2019, Yanko's solo shows include Highly Worked (Denny Dimin Gallery, NY), Hannah (Kavi Gupta, Chicago), and Before Words (UICA, Grand Rapids). Each of these shows reveals the gravity of abstraction and its utility as an intuitive tool in understanding present realities.