Michael Kempson | Child's Play

February 2 - 24, 2018 

First Thursday Opening February 1st 6 - 8pm

Following a 2011 residency at Sydney’s majestic Taronga Zoo, Michael Kempson found inspiration in the stuffed animals arranged along the shelves of the gift shop. His latest work, Child’s Play (2016/17), is a panel installation of 50 iconic etchings depicting invented toy creatures representing nation states, each identified by their three-letter ISO country code. The formal arrangement of this menagerie is contained by the bookends of China’s panda and the American bald eagle, hinting at the international and regional challenges confronting the old order, precipitated by the shift in the world economy from west to east. They combine officially sanctioned animal representation and occasionally substitute a vernacular equivalent. For example, the regal lion representing Britain is instead the pugnacious bulldog. In mapping our current geopolitical junction, and pondering the inevitability that things will and must change, Child’s Play reflects on the legacy of the “not-so-cute” strategic decisions implemented in the past and perceives the value of patience as we apply the lessons learned throughout history to facing the future together.

Michael Kempson : NZL (Kiwi) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

NZL (Kiwi)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : LKA (Grizzled Giant Squirrel) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

LKA (Grizzled Giant Squirrel)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : IND (Bengal Tiger) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

IND (Bengal Tiger)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : MDG (Madagascar Lemur) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

MDG (Madagascar Lemur)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : LSO (Lesotho Black Rhinoceros) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

LSO (Lesotho Black Rhinoceros)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : ZAF (Africa Springbok) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

ZAF (Africa Springbok)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : TZA (Tanzania Giraffe) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

TZA (Tanzania Giraffe)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : BRA (Jaguar) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

BRA (Jaguar)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : COD (Okapi) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

COD (Okapi)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : CHL (South Andean Huemul) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

CHL (South Andean Huemul)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : ARG (Rufous Hornero) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

ARG (Rufous Hornero)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : THA (Thai Elephant) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

THA (Thai Elephant)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : VNM (Water Buffalo) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

VNM (Water Buffalo)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : IRN (Persian Cat) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

IRN (Persian Cat)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
Price: $350.00

Michael Kempson : ISR (Israeli Gazelle) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

ISR (Israeli Gazelle)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : ETH (Lion) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

ETH (Lion)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : RWA (Leopard) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

RWA (Leopard)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : EGY (Eagle) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

EGY (Eagle)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : ALG (Fennec Fox) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

ALG (Fennec Fox)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : TCD (Hippopotamus) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

TCD (Hippopotamus)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : MEX (Xoloitzcuintli) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

MEX (Xoloitzcuintli)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : COL (Andean Condor) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

COL (Andean Condor)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : CHN (Panda) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

CHN (Panda)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : USA (Bald Eagle) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

USA (Bald Eagle)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 5/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : TWN (Taiwanese Bear) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

TWN (Taiwanese Bear)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : KOR (Siberian Tiger) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

KOR (Siberian Tiger)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : SAU (Camel) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

SAU (Camel)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : PAK (Markour) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

PAK (Markour)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : TUR (Grey Wolf) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

TUR (Grey Wolf)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : LBN (Striped Hyena) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

LBN (Striped Hyena)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : GRC (Dolphin) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

GRC (Dolphin)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : ROU (Lynx) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

ROU (Lynx)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : DEU (Eagle) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

DEU (Eagle)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : CHE (Cow) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

CHE (Cow)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : ESP (Bull) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

ESP (Bull)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : CUB (Cuban Tragon) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

CUB (Cuban Tragon)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : JPN (Green Pheasant) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

JPN (Green Pheasant)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : PRK (Chollima) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

PRK (Chollima)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : AFG (Snow Leopard) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

AFG (Snow Leopard)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : RUS (Bear) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

RUS (Bear)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : DNK (Mute Swan) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

DNK (Mute Swan)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : SWE (Elk) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

SWE (Elk)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : NLD (Lion) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

NLD (Lion)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : GBR (Bulldog) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

GBR (Bulldog)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : IRL (Ireland) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

IRL (Ireland)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : FRA (Rooster) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

FRA (Rooster)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : CAN (Beaver) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

CAN (Beaver)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : GRL (Polar Bear) at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

GRL (Polar Bear)

Medium: Etching and aquatint
Year: 2016
Edition : 4/20
Size: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Michael Kempson : Amigos at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

Amigos

Medium: Woodcut
Year: 2016
Edition : 7/15
Size: 31 x 23 3/4 inches

Michael Kempson : Domino Theory at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

Domino Theory

Medium: Woodcut
Year: 2016
Edition : 7/15
Size: 23 3/4 x 35 inches

Michael Kempson : Friends at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

Friends

Medium: Woodcut
Year: 2016
Edition : 7/15
Size: 31 x 23 3/4 inches

Michael Kempson : AUS at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

AUS

Medium: Woodcut
Year: 2016
Edition : 7/15
Size: 35 x 23 3/4 inches

Michael Kempson : PAK - IND at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

PAK - IND

Medium: Woodcut
Year: 2016
Edition : 7/15
Size: 23 3/4 x 35 inches

Michael Kempson : PRK - KOR at Davidson Galleries

Michael Kempson (1961 -     )

PRK - KOR

Medium: Woodcut
Year: 2016
Edition : 7/15
Size: 23 3/4 x 35 inches