smoke drawing 2004



artist's statement

Kevan Jenson (born Los Angeles, CA 1958)

Resides in Berkeley, CA with his wife Maria and son Marcel Samuel.

Kevanís work is collected at The Centre Pompidou, Paris, The Buck Collection, Laguna Beach, CA and in private collections.

Kevan Jenson was born into a family of writers, artists and musicians. At 17 he began studies at UC Berkeley, intending a career in math and science. At 18 he abandoned those plans after encountering the work of Marcel Duchamp and headed into art.

Of interest:

Kevan was apprenticed to sculptor Harold Paris at UC Berkeley and studied printmaking with Yuzo Nakano of Kala Institute in Berkeley. In NYC he worked for Atelier Royce as a papermaker.

Kevan studied Tai Chi in NYC with video artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and still practices and studies in Berkeley with Fu-Tung Cheng.

Kevan traveled to Milan with psychologist James Hillman to meet Arturo Schwarz for an extended discussion about Duchampís etant donnés and is in the process of completing a book on this work.  Kevan and James spent 9 years working the links between Duchamp and Depth Psychology.

Kevan completed two other film documentaries with Dr. Hillman

Kevan produced and designed two plays written and directed by his wife Maria Jenson. For "Shrinks" Backstage West awarded him Best Set Design for 2005.

In 2008, former MoMA curator and Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley Peter Selz curated a 20-year retrospective of Kevan's work at Meridian Gallery in San Francisco.

In May 2012 Kevan received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Berkeley on the subject of  "The Artist and the Urban Imagination."

Kevan has co-produced several films from Hito Steyerl including "Invisibility" for the Venice Biennale 2013.

Kevan has worked as a NYC cab driver, as a waiter in a Chinese restaurant, an English teacher, a video engineer, an associate director, director, theater and film producer, and a few other gigs,