KAREN HENDERSON
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Karen Henderson’s current work has been informed by research into visual strategies for spatial occupation.  
She has been looking at camouflage as strategies of design which are intended to complicate how an object in
an environment is read, misread or visually erased in order to understand how objects can occupy space in
more tenuous and temporal ways.  Henderson is  interested in the point where an object integrates with a
space and how this succeeds or fails. This body of work includes a group of objects which draw on the Dazzle
camouflage designs employed during WWI to break up the visual coherence of large targets.
Henderson is interested in how objects take up space and interrupt our visual field and in how much effort is
required for this to happen over longer periods of time.  The investment necessary seems to have political
potential and how space is occupied and claimed and how objects are implicated in these actions, are central
questions.


SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2010          Seasonal Disorder, 5 Gransden Avenue Gallery, London
2010          Something Might Happen, The Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin
2009          Workshop of Hereafter, Blyth Gallery, London
2008          Cantilever, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London - curators Lucy Day and Eliza Gluckman
2005          Performance Furniture, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London curated by Peter Stickland
1998.1999 Faculty Show, William Patterson University, Wayne, New Jersey
1995           Sense or Spit, Eighth Floor Gallery, 473 Broadway, New York
1994           BT New Contemporaries, London, Bristol, Edinburgh, Aberystwyth, Manchester

SELECTED COMMISSIONS
2007          Oh, show me your beauty when the witnesses have gone Galerija Skuc, Ljubljana
             curated by Noel Kelly and Alenka Gregoric
2005         Material Devotion, Ramchanderji Mandir, Jaipur International Festival, India
             curated by Peter Nagy www.jaipurfestival.org
2004          No Respect, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin
              curated by Alan Phelan and Jane Speller www.geocities.com/norespect4
2002           Picture This: Revisiting the Picturesque, The Meadow Gallery, Burford House, Shropshire
              curated by Anne de Charmant www.meadowgallery.co.uk.

SELECTED SOLO & TWO PERSON SHOWS
2004          Arrangement, Atrium Gallery, PricewaterhouseCoopers, London
2003          Karen Henderson & Eiji Watanabe/ Dave Beech, Tag Team Experiment, Edinburgh www.tagteam.org.uk
2001          Karen Henderson & Hidenori Kondo, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, New York www.momentaart.org


RESIDENCIES
2009          Ox-Bow, Michigan, USA

AWARDS
2009-10     Research Bursary, Goldsmiths, London
2009          Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship
2004          British Council Travel Grant
2001-2003 The Kerr-Fry Award
1992-1993  International Fellowship, the American Association of University Women
1991          The Helen Rose Bequest, Edinburgh College of Art
1991          The James and Frieda Lund Trust
1991          The Hope Scott Trust
             The Scottish International Education Trust

EDUCATION
2009-present      Phd Art Practice, Goldsmiths, London
2001-2003          BA Hons Interior and Spatial Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
1991-1993          MFA Combined Media, Hunter College of the City University of New York
1986-1991          MA Hons Fine Art, Edinburgh University