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Thomas Keenan

Thomas Keenan graduated from Northumbria University’s MFA programme at BALTIC 39 – 2019 and has featured in numerous group shows in the North East area whilst living and working in Newcastle. Keenan’s work initially stems from the complexities of identity politics using materials such as textiles and sound based works to amplify purposefully ludicrous performances.

Keenan’s practice rifts on the formality of everyday objects and imitates their forms using non-structurally sound materials. These light-hearted gestures of questioning the functionality and purpose of objects form a concoction of languages and are often used as props to aid Keenan’s performances.

The performances primarily focus on the nature of identity, and are likewise inspired by social critique of objects stereotypically deemed as masculine or feminine – navigating through audiences as an absurd terpsichorean in retaliation to the constraints of conservative views regarding sexual fluidity.

As of late, Keenan has been experimenting with sound based works being recently inspired by the Industrial music genre – recording the sound of domestic devices/home appliances as a reflection of the repetitiveness of household boredom during the pandemic.

Exhibitions

Newcastle College Alnwick Gardens project – 2012
Newcastle College Foundation Degree Show – 2013 – Rye Hill Campus
Northumbria University BA Degree show – 2015 – Squires Building
In Cahoots – Hoult’s Yard– 16th June 2016
Tyne Bank Brewery – Craft works – 28th January 2017
Quilliam Brothers Tea House – All kinds of ‘No’ 2nd July 2017
Dishwasher Safe – Bar Loco – 10th August 2017
Byker community Association – SNAP exhibition – 14th August 2017
Man or Mouse? – Vane Gallery – 10th November 2017
Strange Pursuit – Vane Gallery – 9th January 2018
Ladies and Gentleman – Empty Shop Durham – 22nd March 2018
“O” (MA Interim Show) – BALTIC 39– 18th May 2018
ZIP – Vane Gallery – 7th Feb 2019
Until We Run Out of Roads (MFA Final Show) – BALTIC 39 – 30th May

Performances

OMG Would Kill 4 Balenciaga – END. Clothing – 2018
The Minutiae Effect Vol.1 – BALTIC 39 (In addition of the MFA final Show) 2019
The Minutiae Effect Vol.2 – System Gallery – 2019
Parametric Puerile – XL Gallery Newcastle University 2020

Education 

MFA (masters) – BXNU BALTIC 39 Northumbria University – Commendation
BA (hons) – Northumbria University – 2015 – Distinction
Foundation Degree – Newcastle College – 2011-2013, Merit
What Foundation Diploma – Newcastle College – 2010 -2011, Merit