4Culture is proud to present Amalgam, a solo exhibition of new work by Seattle-based multimedia artist Dave Kennedy. In this latest work, Kennedy persists in his knack for turning objects into veritable subjects with his continued exploration of the still life genre. Amalgam also incorporates three video installations in which Dave Kennedy steps in front of his own camera.
About the Artist: Dave Kennedy earned an MFA in Photomedia from the University of Washington. Amalgam is a monographic series of photo and video works focused on the subject of appearances.
In Amalgam, he composes photographic images from familiar items that make up everyday life.
Projected onto a suspended screen, Purple Dave is an animation whose humor contradicts its meticulous crafting. His undergraduate degree, in art & design, is from Western Washington University in Bellingham.
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The series depicts a broad range of foods (bananas, hot dogs, pomegranates, beef patties, butter and chicken breasts) aesthetically modified in shape, size, texture and color. The artist goes a shade deeper than karaoke, exploring the depth of his topic with a masterful balance of parody and passion.
In a recent series, Gaspars, Dugans, Jacks and Kools, Kennedy depicts (and defines) people by the cigarettes they smoke. We encourage you to join us in dialogue and comment on Blog4Culture, and we don't expect everyone to agree. These elegant compositions are surprisingly disarming; Kennedy uses unexpected combinations to scramble our senses and challenge how we typically interpret what we see. In a second video,The Cat, Myself, and the Bird, Kennedy embodies multiple selves masquerading as others. An earlier series, The Twelve, retells the story of each of the Apostles as urban messengers through staged vignettes on transit buses. Kennedy’s art synthesizes his interdisciplinary skills in filmmaking, lighting, design, design production and fine arts photography.
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This work explores the topic of internal and external realms of persona while continuing the meditation on appearances and subjectivities.
He has exhibited nationally; commissioned works include private interests as well as commercially-based collaborations with designers, art directors and creative directors for such distinguished clients as Adobe, ATT, Boeing, DDB, Hasbro, IBM, Microsoft and the University of Washington. Commenters who are not addressing the subject of the original post will be advised to address the topic or their comment may not be posted.
Likewise, the video Orthodox shows the artist revealing a hidden family secret with the use of a doppelganger.
By blurring the boundaries of space and time, reality and illusion, Dave Kennedy’s video art mirrors back a shared human experience that mixes beauty, reverence, disregard, ugliness and even tension.
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