Adam Küykendall is an Intermedia Researcher, Theatre and Cinema Artist inspired by the dynamics between people, locations and objects where there’s a sense of absence or void. Based in a transient upbringing and influenced by struggles with anxiety and depression Küykendall’s work approaches from the point of view of the detached outsider, exploring themes and elements that embody identity, connection and impact.
Born in Columbia, Missouri in 1973, Küykendall is the son of a News Photographer/Professor father and Copy Editor/Actress mother who exposed their son to the world of journalism and the arts at an early age. Living a near nomadic lifestyle since birth Küykendall developed a deep appreciation for the cross section of people and places that make up the United States. With no one regional distinction to claim as his own he describes himself as an “American Mutt”.
Through his disjointed sense of cultural and geographical identity Küykendall focuses his attention toward the impact of absence upon himself and others, exploring how we fill the voids in our lives; a lost loved one, an empty house, a blank wall. If “nature abhors a vacuum” Küykendall’s work seeks to examine where and when voids come into existence and why and how they impact us.
EVEN BREAK - short film 2015
A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME - readymade 2014
ARTIST UNKNOWN readymade - 2014
NOT ANOTHER FUCKING TERM PAPER - sculpture - 2013