Gareth Kennedy

2014

Post Colony; production still. Photo by Brian Cregan. Gareth Kennedy, 2014

Post Colony; production still. Photo by Brian Cregan. Gareth Kennedy, 2014

Gareth Kennedy's work explores the social agency of the handcrafted in the 21st century and generates 'communities of interest' around the production and performance of new material cultures. Deploying an anthropological approach as an operational aesthetic these works draw on the particular social, cultural and economic histories of a location. Outcomes typically include architectural or designed structures, hand crafted objects, as well as live performative events which bring these physical entities to life within specific public contexts.

Kennedy has produced and shown work both nationally and internationally. His practice to date includes public art work, educational projects, exhibitions, residencies and collaborations. In 2009, he co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale along with artist Sarah Browne.

Recent public manifestations of his work include co-organising a Super8 film festival on the Aran Islands, creating an 'invented tradition' for the village of Gneeveguilla in east Kerry as a Kerry County Council per cent for public art commission, touring his exhibition Folk Fiction nationwide and a public art work in Saint Petersberg, Russia(2011-2013). In 2014 he has produced new projects with Headford Mens Shed in Co. Galway as a Galway County Council public art commission and a significant solo exhibition with ar/ge Kunst Gallerie Museum in Bolzano/Bozen in the South Tyrol in Northern Italy.  In November 2014 Kennedy will exhibit Post Colony which explores the industrial, colonial and environmental of Killarney National Park at Siamsa Tire – The National Folk Theatre in Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Kennedy also works on another distinct artistic practice called Kennedy Browne in collaboration with artist Sarah Browne.  Kennedy Browne’s recent exhibitions include: Alternativa at Wyspa Art Centre, Gdansk, Poland; Upending at Limerick City Gallery of Art, (2014); Kennedy Browne at Wilfried Lentz gallery, Rotterdam, solo show; Liquid Assets at the Steirischer Herbst, Graz Austria, (2013); KAPITAL at the The Bern Biennale, Switzerland; San Jose Zero1 Biennial, California; United States of Europe touring 10 European cities (2012); How Capital Moves at Limerick City Gallery of Art, solo show (2011); the 6th Lodz Biennale, Poland; the 12th Cairo Biennale in Egypt (2010).

See: www.kennedybrowne.com

www.gkennedy.info/indexhibitv070e/

The uncomfortable Science; installation view at ar/ge Kunst Galerie Museum, Bozen/Bolzano, South Tyrol. Gareth Kennedy, 2014

The uncomfortable Science; installation view at ar/ge Kunst Galerie Museum, Bozen/Bolzano, South Tyrol. Gareth Kennedy, 2014