Approved: 18.03.2015

Kevin Killen

Artist

Approved: 18.03.2015

My practice is the creation of neon light sculptures and installations, often site-specific. I physically make the neon myself and this process of controlling the neon is very much part of the work. While different bodies of work have very separate theories behind them, the connection is my desire to use light to translate movement into tangible sculptural forms. 

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Artist Statement

My practice is the creation of neon light sculptures and installations, often site-specific. I physically make the neon myself and this process of controlling the neon is very much part of the work. While different bodies of work have very separate theories behind them, the connection is my desire to use light to translate movement into tangible sculptural forms. 

The most recent body of work, Infinity Studies: Monotony, draws on time and motion studies, as investigated by Frederick Winslow Taylor (time) and Frank and Lilian Gilbreth (motion), that document the time it should take to complete a process and how breaking down the process into components and removing unnecessary ones increases efficiency. Looking at the number of repetitive tasks my wife performs to look after our three children and the house, I created an immersive box to simulate the claustrophobia felt by my wife at the never-ending nature of her tasks. 

Another project, Cartography - Tipping Point, used a camera to map “light paintings” of the city that I then translated into neon sculptures. Part of the process was to record the sounds of the city to match with the sequence of neon, creating a “living” sculpture that recorded the life of the city. 

The series Human Movement - Certain Moments created light compositions tracing the movement of a dancer, with the resulting neon sculptures embodying the kinetic energy of the performance. As with many of my works, the breath of the subject was important, with the sequencing of lights designed to match the inhalation rhythms of the dancer.

CV & Education

Kevin Killen current practice is the creation of self-made neon light sculptures and installations, often site-specific. The works capture moments in time, representing life and peoples’ physical journeys as snapshots of lives. Born in 1977 in Belfast, he obtained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design University College (now the UCA) in 1999 and specialist training in neon making in Dallas, Texas in 2009.

 

A large-scale neon installation was created for the National Trust’s Argory, Armagh, in May 2018 and other recent exhibitions include: MTV RE: DEFINE 2018, Sculpture in the City, London, 2017; Dissolving Histories: A Moment in Time, Golden Thread Gallery, 2017;  Tipping Point, QSS Bedford Street, Belfast, 2016; A1, F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, 2015.   Kevin Killen’s work is in numerous public and private collections including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Belfast City Council; Queens University & Belfast City Hospital. He has also created private commissions, including Epoch in Dallas, Texas in 2018. Selected publications include New Glass Review 39, The Corning Museum of Glass, USA, 2018; Sculpture Magazine USA, http://www.sculptureonline.org/sculpture September Issue, 2017; Frieze.com, https://frieze.com/article/buffer-zone 2017.

 

Date    Selected Exhibitions            Location

2018    Artificial Sunlight             National Trust Argory             Solo Exhibition

2015    A1 to F.E. McWilliam Gallery        F.E. McWilliam Gallery Entrance        Solo Exhibition

2015     Certain Moments             The University Art Gallery Belfast        Solo Exhibition

2003    On the margins                 Belfast Waterfront Hall  Belfast        Solo Exhibition

2002    The Outsider                 The Market Place Gallery Armagh         Solo Exhibition

 

2018    MTV RE: DEFINE                Dallas Texas                Group Exhibition 

2017    Dissolving Histories: A Moment        Golden Thread Gallery            Group Exhibition

2017     Sculpture in the City London 2017     City of London Square Mile         Group Exhibition

2017    Breath Breathless             R Space Lisburn             Group Exhibition

2016    Tipping Point                QSS Bedford St Belfast            Group Exhibition

2016    Young II                    SO Fine Art Editions Dublin        Group Exhibition

2015     Endless Wander                Golden Thread Galley Project Space     Group Exhibition

2015    The WAC Awards Wells 15        Wells Somerset                 Group Exhibition

2014    Foundation14 -Battery+            Co Offaly                Group Exhibition

2010    A Walk Through a Sculptors Garden     F.E. McWilliam Gallery N. Ireland          Group Exhibition

2005    Colour                    Omma Contemporary Art Crete/Greece    Group Exhibition

2004    Playtime                 Belfast Waterfront Hall N. Ireland        Group Exhibition

2003    RDS  Awards                West Cork Arts Centre Ireland        Group Exhibition

2003    RDS Awards                Irish Linen Museum Lisburn N. Ireland    Group Exhibition

 

Date    Awards                    Location

2018    New Glass Review 39            The Corning Museum of Glass USA

2017    Celeste Prize 2017 Finalist        London 9th edition

2015    Membership of the RBSS        Royal Society of Sculptors 

2015    WAC Awards Short Listed         Wells Somerset England

2015    ACEs Award                Northern Ireland Arts Council

2014    American Art Awards            3rd Place Sculpture Abstract Award 2014

2014    Golden Thread Gallery            Career Enchantment Programme Belfast 

2009    ACNI Travel Award             USA Neon Skills Development

2004    General Art Awards Scheme         Northern Ireland Arts Council

2003    General Art Awards Scheme         Northern Ir eland Arts Council

2003    RDS Dublin metal work              Ireland

 

 

Date    Selected Art Commissions 

2018    Artificial Sunlight             Argory National Trust

2018    Epoch                     Dallas Texas the USA 

2017    Student                 Ratoath College Meath

2017    Murmuration                 St. Peter’s College, Dunboyne 

2017    Matrix                    Colaiste De Lacy  

2016    A1 to FE McWilliam Gallery         FE McWilliam Gallery

2016    Sphere                     Queens University & Belfast City Hospital  

2015    Irish Yew Tree                 Killesher Community Association

2015    Rights Respecting            Dundonald School cluster 

2015    Pomeroy Lady                 Cookstown District Council

2014    Hawthorn Boundaries             Cookstown District Council 

2013     Hearts                    Newtownabbey Borough Council

2013     Salmon     & Wild Flowers            Magherafelt District Council

2012    The Titanic                 Belfast City Council  

2012    Jubilee Tree                 Whitehead 

2012    Herbal Panel                   Hospital LED 

2011    Talking Tree                 Newtownabbey Borough Council 

2010    The Face                 Belfast Peace Wall sculpture

 

Date    Selected Publications  

2018    New Glass Review 39 - The Corning Museum of Glass USA

2018    UTV Life TV - May

2017    Sculpture Magazine USA http://www.sculptureonline.org/sculpture September Issue 

2017     https://frieze.com/article/buffer-zone

2017     https://www.sectorlight.com/blog/sculpture-in-the-city-2017-spotlight-on-kevin-killen

2017    https://intersectinginterests.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/still-its-time-based/

2017    https://www.culturewhisper.com/r/visual_arts/sculpture_in_the_city_london_sculpture_festival/4847

2017      https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/cf7a10_7868f56ac7dd4db1ac84328df4159073.pdf

2017     https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/visit-the-city/art-architecture/sculpture-in-the-city/Pages/    about-the-artworks.aspx

2016     Art Reveal Magazine - https://issuu.com/artrevealmagazine/docs/no_23/46 

    SBN number:9781366565723

2016    Art By Nature - https://issuu.com/artbynaturemag/docs/number_5_artbijnaturemag  (pages 54 to 59)

2016    NY Arts Magazine http://www.nyartsmagazine.com/?p=24581 

2016    Re: Sculpt In the Studio with Kevin Killen Jan 2016 by Dorothy Hunter  

    http://blog.sculpture.org/2016/01/13/kevin-killen/

2015    Visual Artist Ireland New Sheet “How’s it Made‘ Issue 3 May - June 2015      

     http://visualartists.ie/articles/van-mayjune-2015-capturing-passing-moments-by-kevin-killen/

2015    Northern Vision TV Belfast   Collapse the Box: A conversation with Kevin Killen 

    https://vimeo.com/128388256