painting, installation

Ned Vena

United States 1982

Installation, Sculpture, Pop Art, Minimal Art, Abstract Art

Ned Vena
Ned Vena
United States
January 26, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Ned Vena, born in 1982, in Boston, is an American Contemporary artist, primarily known for his abstract paintings and unusual choice of media. Merging digital technology, industrial production, graffiti, and the handmade, Vena makes paintings, sculptures, installations, and films through which he explores and, ultimately, upends notions of form, process, and concept in art making. Drawing inspiration from Minimalism, Op and Pop Art, and Frank Stella’s “Black Paintings”, he creates compositions out of an assortment of non-fine art materials, including vinyl, spray rubber, security glass, and commercial ink, which he covers with V-shaped, gridded lines, intentionally marred with a variety of surface imperfections. Vena begins on the computer, working out his angular grids, which he then transfers to canvases with vinyl stencils. He has also affixed these stencils directly onto gallery walls and other surfaces, blurring the boundaries between art and the everyday, and the unique, precious object and mass production.

Ned Vena completed the AICAD New York Studio Program in 2004, and earned his BFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2005.

His work has been the subject of numerous solo and group shows, including at the Cohan and Leslie Gallery in New York, NY, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann in Berlin, Germany, Michael Benevento in Los Angeles, CA, White Flag Projects in St. Louis, MO, and Clifton Benevento in New York, NY.

Vena lives and works in New York.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Ned Vena (forthcoming) Project Native Informant, London solo
2014Menace II Société Société, Berlin solo
2014Paintings Without Borders, Real Fine ArtsNew York solo
2014Dizionario di Pittura Francesca Minini, Milangroup
2014Beware Wet Paint Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin group
2014Stars + Stripes: American Art of the 21st Century from the Goldberg Collection Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurstgroup
2014Beware Wet Paint Institute for Contemporary Arts, Londongroup
2014Collaborative Painting & Text Algus Greenspon Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2014Jeanette Mundt & Ned Vena Federico Vavassori, Milangroup
2013A brief history of spots, stripes and holesCarlson Gallery, Londongroup
2013Sous l‘Amazone coule un fleuve FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrandgroup
2013Bülow Wichelhaus GbR SOCIÉTÉ, Berlin, Germanygroup
2012Ned Vena Clifton Benevento, New York solo
2012Ned Vena White Flag Projects, St. Louis solo
2012Trojan Horses Bugada & Cargnel, Parisgroup
2012Home Again, Again The Journal Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2012The Space in Between Steven Zevitas Gallery, Bostongroup
2012Minimal Myth Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdamgroup
2012Josh Kolbo & Ned Vena Société, Berlingroup
2012Soft OP Modern Collections, Londongroup
2012Into The Surface Brand New Gallery, Milangroup
2011Ned Vena Société, Berlin solo
2011Ned Vena Michael Benevento, Los Angeles solo
2011Sentimental Education Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beachgroup
2011Les Affranchis Frac Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrandgroup
2011I don‘t know if it makes any sense – I feel quite dizzy and a little drunk due to the blow. I will return with more info shortly... IMO Projects, Copenhagengroup
2011Summer Whites Rachel Uffner Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2011Everything You Can imagine is Real... Xavier Hufkens, Brusselsgroup
2011One dozen Paintings The Journal, New Yorkgroup
2011Curating the Contemporary : Joseph Montgomery & Ned Vena Kunsthaus Baselland, Baselgroup
2011Gruppenausstellung 2 Max Hans Daniel, Berlingroup
2010Ned Vena Max Hans Daniel, Berlin solo
2010Ned Vena Clifton Benevento, New York solo
2010The Power of selection Western Exhibitions, Chicagogroup
2010Skins OHWOW Gallery , Miami group
2010Substance Abuse Leo König Inc., New Yorkgroup
2010Metallika Monya Rowe Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2010The Blood of a Poet Thierry Goldberg Projects, New Yorkgroup
2010Célébration Frac Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrandgroup
2010Mass Ornament Barbara Gladstone, New Yorkgroup
2010Shape Language Nicole Klagsbrun, New Yorkgroup
2010At the Splendors of the Earth (Part 2) Cave, Detroitgroup
2010Home grown The Art Complex Museum, Duxburygroup
2009800 Numbers Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis solo
2009Ned Vena Michael Benevento, Los Angeles solo
2009Gruppenausstellung Autocenter, Berlingroup
2009Nothing I to say and I am Saying it Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburggroup
2009If the Dogs are Barking Artist‘s Space, New Yorkgroup
2009Maximal Minimal Primo Piano, Luganogroup
2009From the collection of… White Columns, New Yorkgroup
2009Group Show Cave, Detroitgroup
2009This is not the Striezelmarkt Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresdengroup
2008Ned Vena Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin solo
2008Ned Vena Cohan and Leslie Gallery, New York solo
2008Blue Sky Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresdengroup
2008B Seite Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlingroup
2008Psych Galerie Dennis Kimmerich, Düsseldorfgroup
2008Back to Black Schwarz in der aktuellen Malerei, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannovergroup
2008Friends and Family Anton Kern, New Yorkgroup
2008Cube Passerby Passerby, New Yorkgroup
2008Bülow Wichelhaus GbR SOCIÉTÉ, Berlin, Germany group
2007Ilya Lipkin, Sean Raspet, Ned Vena Cohan and Leslie,New Yorkgroup
2007On View: Selections from the BC Project Room permanent collectionBC Project Room, New Yorkgroup
2007Untitled (Perfect Lovers) BC Project Room,New Yorkgroup
2006Attic Anton Kern Gallery, New Yorkgroup