NO FLY ZONE by D.S. Kinsel


No Fly Zone is an interactive installation created by AS220’s new A.I.R.  D.S. Kinsel from Pittsburgh, PA. at the Psychic Annex Gallery, at 95 Empire St floor 2.

How Do You Fly In A #NoFlyZone?

The piece is a creative act of resistance against being controlled from oppressive forces.  No Fly Zone challenges the audience to break the rules and engage in a collective protest.   Exposing the “No Fly Zone” enforced over Ferguson, MO by the U.S Government after the murder of Micheal Brown, Kinsel uses the Federal Aviation Administration’s declaration of a TFR or Temporary Flight Restriction a starting point of outrage and source of inspiration.  The Psychic Annex Gallery has been covered with signage requesting a similar cease and desist on all flight.  Within the gallery over 1500 paper airplanes created by Kinsel and various AS220 Youth Program have been left grounded.  It is your responsibility to break the demand for a ban on flight and launch as many airplanes as possible during the exhibition as a sign of solidarity.
The exhibition experiments with crowd sourcing material content in an effort to connect multiple people through one simple act.  Using the simple act of making and flying paper airplanes is an activity shared across culture, class, race, gender and nationality.  This exhibit also relies on the community for it’s creation and successful presentation.
No Fly Zone does not exist or operate without YOUR active participation! The show opens Tuesday October 13th and runs through October 31st. A schedule of events to be released soon, hours are currently 1-6 p.m TuesdayFriday.


D.S. Kinsel is a creative entrepreneur and arts administrator based in Pittsburgh, PA. Kinsel expresses his creativity through the mediums of painting, installation, curating, action-painting, and social media. He has exhibited his work and curated at spaces such as Future Tenant, ASSEMBLE, Shaw Galleries, EMP Collective, Wash Arts, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, The Father Ryan Arts Center, and the New York Maker Fair. Kinsel is the co-founder of BOOM Concepts, a combination workspace/creative hub which, in addition to hosting his studio space and Jenesis’ production facilities, aims to be a gallery, performance and gathering space. BOOM Concepts is located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Penn Avenue Arts Corridor.

Kinsel has been recognized as an recipient of the 2014 Style Week Pittsburgh “Most Stylish Artist”, 2013 Pittsburgh Technology Council DATA Awards Art + Technology Finalist, 2013 Pittsburgh Magazine/PUMP 40 Under 40 Award, 2012 New Pittsburgh Courier Fab 40 Award, and the Pittsburgh City Paper 2011 3rd Best Twitter account.  In addition to the support of The Pittsburgh Foundation, Kinsel has also received the support from The Sprout Fund, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and The Heinz Endowments for his creative community work.