Approved: 16.09.2013

Nick Kennedy

Approved: 16.09.2013

My practice has a very specific focus on drawing, which I feel is largely due to its immediacy and flexibility as a medium for the exploration of ideas. A key strand of my work involves the employment of systems or devices to disrupt or interfere with my control over the process of making. Through my practice I aim to explore the notions of order, repetition and serendipity.
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  • Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, North East
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions, Curating, Collecting
 

Biography

My practice has a very specific focus on drawing, which I feel is largely due to its immediacy and flexibility as a medium for the exploration of ideas. A key strand of my work involves the employment of systems or devices to disrupt or interfere with my control over the process of making. Through my practice I aim to explore the notions of order, repetition and serendipity. There is usually some integral part of the process of making that is out of my hands, which informs or even comes to define the construction and aesthetic of a piece of work. In recent works I have allowed the roll of a die to control the composition and form of a drawing, repeating the action thousands of times over to gradually build up the image. There is an important tension between the disciplined and highly repetitive nature of such a process, the detached manner in which the work is made and the desire to retain control over the aesthetic. Sometimes tools or machines are used to mediate my human actions, to bring a level of autonomy into the mark-making, or conversely, to provide a uniform, predictable element to the work. Bicycle wheels, spinning tops, cordless drills and more recently, a windscreen wiper motor have all been utilised to produce drawings. Often I am the manual operator of such objects and my role becomes simply to follow a set of predetermined instructions or rules. Recent work has engaged with installation, site specificity and audience participation, challenging the boundaries of drawing. Central to all my work is the conflict between chance and influence, order and chaos, success and failure, rules and irregularity.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2013 - Timecasting, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne - 2011 - Degrees of Freedom, Dli Museum and Durham Art Gallery, Durham 2010 - Waiting for an Accident to Happen, xsite architecture, Foundry Lane Studios, Newcastle Group exhibitions 2014 - Chance Finds Us, mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough - 2012 - Powerhouse, Smiths Row, Bury St Edumds - 2011 - Neon + Vinyl, LondonNewcastle Project Space, Curated by Plusarts Projects, London 2010 - Brick By Brick: small scale wall works by 24 artists, xsite architecture, Foundry Lane Studios, Newcastle 2010 - Instructions for Initial Conditions, Drift Station/ Parallax, Lincoln, USA 2010 - Newcastle Gateshead Artfair , Sage Gateshead, Gateshead 2010 - Preparing the Ground, ACA dovetail, Newcastle Upon Tyne 2010 - We All Own the Mona Lisa, Newbridge Space, Newcastle Upon Tyne 2009 - Anonymous Drawings No.10, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin, Germany 2009 - Fourdayslong, Centre for Recent Drawing, London 2009 - The Mechanics of Drawing, Jagged Art, London 2008 - Draw a line, follow it, Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Allenheads, Northumberland 2008 - More Today Than Yesterday, Globe Gallery, Newcastle Residencies 2010 - 3 Month Creative Residency, xsite Architecture, Newcastle Upon Tyne 2007 - 12 month residency, Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Northumberland Public commissions 2011 - Faultlines (7 Days), Gateshead Council, Gateshead