Riley Henderson
Riley Henderson Timber - 02/17/2014
Since attending the Kenana Artists Residency 2012, I have been designing and constructing furniture out of a studio on the west side of Chicago. That has been my primary focus over the last two years and continues to be the leading artistic force in my life. As my skills as a woodworker grow, so does my appreciation for craftsmanship. Not only in furniture, but in all of my artwork.

In my opinion, with my previous work, I had a tendency to over think an idea and occasionally under think the quality of the physical work. I am currently producing more than I ever have before. With this new pace and appreciation for quality, I hope to continue on with my woodworking and eventually incorporate concepts and ideas of my previous work into the new physical forms.

You can follow my progress and day to day on Instagram, @RHTimber , or view my furniture work at Riley Henderson Timber.

Uninhibited Parameters Write-Up
Tempestt Hazel interviews Riley Henderson about his new work and how to get free honey.


Sixty Inches From Center
New Work/ Kenana Residency
As of very recently, I have been accepted into the Kenana Artist Residency, located in Rogers Park. I will begin my time there finishing a piece that I started while constructing Uninhibited Parameters. The image that is currently on my home-page, is a small taste of what it is that I am working on.

There are a few ideas that I would like to try out at Kenana. I will talk more in depth about my ideas, when they have congealed. Lets just say that currently, I am thinking about the righteousness of murder, and the roll that religion and culture play in forming that. I hope to be discussing these issues through sewing, furniture building, food, and possibly collaboration.

That is all for now, but I will hopefully be posting updates as the residency progresses.


RILEY HENDERSON // UNINHIBITED PARAMETERS opens Sept 23 @ Chicago Art Department
new works by RILEY HENDERSON

Opening Reception: September 23, 5:30-10:30pm
Open Hours: September 24, noon-5:30pm

Chicago Art Department
1932 S Halsted, unit 100

The Chicago Art Department presents Uninhibited Parameters a solo show by Riley Henderson in conjunction with ACRE. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 23, 2011 from 5:30-10:30pm at the Chicago Art Department's new 3,200 sq ft space located at 1932 S Halsted, unit 100, Chicago, IL.

Uninhibited Parameters is a body of new, largely unseen, installation, textile and photographic works by artist, Riley Henderson and co-curated by Jason Frohlichstein. This show stems from ideas and observations on race, class, and cultural difference. The artist’s aim is to relate shortcomings of the current immigration debate to a legacy of dehumanization and marginalization in the U.S, through metaphor and story. “Focusing on the way in which the current immigration debate is framed, my goal is to re-inject that conversation with ideas of humanity. Far too often, people are left out of this debate about people, which has become a very traditional way of marginalizing different ethnic groups and minorities in America. I hope to infer a broader and necessary shift in the thoughts and treatment of people in this country.”

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