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Artist Karen Mainenti

Karen Mainenti



Karen Mainenti's work uncovers humor in the tyranny of perfection. She explores the central theme of feminine sexuality: the ways in which our culture and economy both productizes sexuality and sexualizes commercial products, particularly domestic products. She is drawn to exploring femininity, specifically, because of its exceedingly elusive construct and how it impacts our perceptions of ourselves, interactions with others, and cultural foundations. She has had solo exhibitions of her work at the 2019 SPRING/BREAK Art Show, The Bard Graduate Center Library, The Society for Domestic Museology and Chashama. Select group exhibitions include the Untitled Space, DUMBO Arts Festival, La Bodega Gallery, Trestle Gallery, Guest Spot @ The Reinstitute in Baltimore and the Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach, Florida. Her artwork has received coverage in ARTnews, Artnet News, Hyperallergic, Gothamist, Brooklyn Magazine, Gallery Gurls and The Believer Magazine, among others. In 2018 she was an Artist-in-Residence at the Bard Graduate Center Library. She is currently at work preparing for a solo show at Ground Floor Gallery in Brooklyn (forthcoming in October 2019). Mainenti teaches at The City College of New York.

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