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Dave McKenzie examines the ways that conflicts between public space and the concept of a private self often reveal social and political aspects of the world in a manner both deceptively simple and frequently humorous. He often employs modest, every day actions or circumstances as launching points for creating performances, video works, sculpture, and installations. His work was on view in the exhibition Blues for Smoke at the Whitney (2013). McKenzie introduced Youth Insights Artists to the ways that a concept can take shape through a variety of objects, actions, or images. Teens worked on a variety of projects that included creating costumes based on an idealized version of themselves and communicating with important people in their lives through letters that became both visual and performative works of art.