Project Description

At the Ending, On All Corners

Artist: Courtney Kemp | Curator: Kendra Larson
August 16th, 2013 – September 22nd, 2013

Artist’s statement:

Sourcing architectural histories as well as current methods of suburban manufacturing, my work aims to expose the moments through which we understand an interior domestic space, providing access to subtle glints of recognition: moments in which material quality, formalized and decorative shapes, or slick surfaces can allow the viewer to place a hazy memory in time or space. Each sculptural piece contains a visual narrative built from an imagined fiction; segmented and abstracted wall structures, marble hallways, and tiled pools are recreated as markers of interpretation and possibility: stand-ins for individual homes, palatial or deteriorating, a suburban opulence.

 I position these spaces as disparate constructions of imagined potential; they become open for deciphering, spaces through which a viewer can begin pulling apart and constructing a history, allowing a fragmented object to become whole, a forgotten marker to be remembered. Pulling from material culture studies as a field by which my practice is heavily informed, my investment in physical spaces and objects is permanently tied to an investment in cultural hierarchies. I explore, segment, and disassemble the cultural frames of luxury, newness, value, and age through the act of looking backward, utilizing the fragmented object and the home as a reference point to access and rework our understanding of the domestic.


Courtney Kemp received her MFA in Interdisciplinary 3D from the University of Oregon in 2012 and is a recent member of Ditch Projects, an artist-run gallery space and collective. Her work has been shown at SOFA New York 2011 (New Collectors/Young Designers), Galleri Puls (Norheimsund, Norway), and Tractor Gallery (Portland, Oregon), among others. She is currently the gallery manager of Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon.

About the Vestibule

The Vestibule is an independent project space housed within  Disjecta and dedicated to showing dynamic contemporary art. We are primarily interested   in site-specific installations, collaborations, and any other original ideas that execute the space in exciting ways.

The Vestibule was established December 2009.

For more information, please contact Kendra Larson: