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Research from Kennedy, Alexandra

Alex K

Alex Kennedy


Alexandra Kennedy is Postgraduate Coordinator and a Principal Lecturer in Art History and Theory and Professional Practices, and supervises at postgraduate level. Alexandra has a Master of Fine Arts. Her practice is located within a context which engages with the zero gesture in painting, addressing the critical relevancy of painting and its ability to reflect upon and engage with its own histories. Hence it could be described as painting about painting, or meta-painting. Making use of the notion of the holes in space created by electronic and digital technologies, there is a reworking this concept as an aesthetic of the void which draws on the conceptual, procedural and material emphasis of non-objective painting and on the conventions of painting as object, formalist minimalism and process based conceptualism. Alexandra exhibits and curates nationally and internationally. As a postgraduate supervisor Alexandra's approach is learner-centred and oriented to theory following practice.

Research Outputs

Creative Work

Kennedy, A. (2018) Structure Games Galerie Olivier Nouvellet, 19 rue de Seine, 75006 Paris. 30 January - 3 February 2018. www.cercleoliviernouvellet.com

Kennedy, A. (2017) Abstract Project #46: Asymmetries. Residency and solo show of new paintings at Abstract Projects, a gallery run by Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris, France.

Kennedy, A. (2017) Random Systems. Solo Show, Factory 49, Sydney, NSW, 5-14 October 2017.

Kennedy, A. (2011) 'Untitled (entroy)', 'Black Mirror' & 'Void Painting'. Smith and Yallop Memorial Group Show at A Gallery, Dunedin, NZ. 30th October - 30 November 2011. A Gallery is an artist-run gallery which exhibits artists with a connection to Dunedin including Philip James Frost (represented at Melbourne Art Fair by Blank Space Gallery, Sydney in 2012.) Reviewed in the Otago Daily Times, 20th October 2011. http://agallerydunedin.wordpress.com/2011/10/

Kennedy, A. (2011) 'Far Out' and 'wayward'. Two works in Summer Group Show. Antoinette Godkin Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand. 25 November 2011 - 24 January 2012. Particpating artists: Andrew Drummond, Andy Tolhurst, Tjalling de Vries, Miranda Parkes, Matthew Dowman, Alexandra Kennedy, Helen Calder, Andre Hemer, Melinda Harper.

Kennedy, A. (2011) untitled (painting). Spatial Intervals: A Non-Objective Group Show at Factory 49, Sydney, held as part of Art Month Sydney 2011, 23rd March – 16th April 2011. Art Month Sydney is a not-for-profit festival of contemporary art produced for the Australian Art Events Foundation, a registered non-profit organisation. Approximately 100 commercial and public galleries and artist-run initiatives participate. It receives public funding support from the Australian govenment via City of Sydney. Factory 49 receives Australian regional & national government funding via The Visual Arts & Craft Stategy & Communities Arts NSW & is part of an international network of galleries which exhibit contemporary non-objective (reductive) art.

Kennedy, A. (2011) Red Pour. Factory 49 Annual Group Show 2011, Marrackville, Sydney, Australia. 27th July - 6th August 2011. Factory 49 receives Australian regional & national government funding via The Visual Arts & Craft Stategy & Communities Arts NSW & is part of an international network of galleries which exhibit contemporary non-objective (reductive) art. One work exhibited in group show with 59 others.

Kennedy, A. (2011) Meta-materials. Solo show at Factory 49, Sydney, Australia. 9-19th February, 2011. 20 new paintings. Factory 49 receives Australian regional & national government funding via The Visual Arts & Craft Stategy & Communities Arts NSW and is part of an international network of galleries which exhibit contemporary non-objective (reductive art) by artists such as Margaret Roberts (co-curator, 4th Art & Documentation Festival, Lodz, Poland, April - May 2012). Factory 49 was recently cited in the Sydney Morning Herald as a gallery where ‘some of the best abstract work in Australia is being showcased.’ Participates in Sydney Art Week. Other ARIs in this international network include Minus Space (New York), PS (Amsterdam), IS (Leiden), CCNOA (Brussels), Konsortium (GR), Hebel 121 (Basel), Kunstruimte 09 (Groningen), ParisCONCRET (Paris). Exhibited in group show at ParisCONCRET in 2011 (NRO 4). A related off-site project was also produced through this gallery (RO1). http://www.alxkennedy.co.nz

Kennedy, A. (2011) Repeating Trapeziods. An Off-Site Project with Factory 49, Sydney, AU., in conjunction with Aurora Biscuit Factory, exhibited during Sydney Art Week, 2011, 19th December 2010 - 2nd April 2011. Large-scale site-specific wall work (approx 5 metres x 5 metres) in a public place. 14 weeks duration. Factory 49 receives Australian regional & national government funding via Arts NSW. In this work a geometric system is deployed in a space to reveal the specificity of the particular site. Aligned with the contemporary discouse in non-objective, reductive art, the work links to later projects which develop the notion of the work as a documentation of a set of predetermined 'rules' - in this case a mathematical system - a project which was developed as 'triangle packing' for show at Antoinette Godkin Gallery, Auckland, & followed on from work produced for a group show at Duende (Rotterdam, 2010)(RO 2). Supported by a Research Grant from Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic.

Kennedy, A., Kolaric, Mario, Schifano, Karen. (2011) Objectivity. Group curated exhibition, ParisCONCRET, Paris, FR., 2-30 July, 2011. 4 new works in group show. ParisCONCRET exhibits contemporary post-formalist work. Positioned my practice in this context at an international level in a curated show with an established NY artist & emerging Serbian artist (Karen Schifano - 1st Int'l Festival of Non-Objective Art, FR, 2011 & "Escape from New York," curator Matthew Deleget, The Engine Room, Massey Uni., Wellington & RMIT, Melbourne, 2008-09 & Mario Kolaric - 45th Zagreb salon 2010, 4th Croatian Drawing Triennial, 2008.) ParisCONCRET is part of established int'l network which includes American Abstract Artists, bus-dori, CCNOA, H29, Hebel_121, IS, Kunstruimte 09(GR), MINUS SPACE (NY), SNO & Factory 49 (AU). Artists represented include Clemens Hollerer (nominated for Future Generation Art Prize 2010, Kiev, Ukraine, Zurich Art Prize 2010, shortlisted STRABAG Award 2010).

Kennedy A. (2011) Black Pour. Galerie bij de Boeken International Group Show, Dru-Cultuurfabriek, Ulft, The Netherlands, in collaboration with Huntenkunst, NL and Factory 49, AU. 4 April-14 May 2011. One work in group show. Huntenkunst is an international visual arts festival with contemporary art as its focus. Receives public support via regional cultural funding from the province of Guelders & is a prominent annual international arts event in the east of the Netherlands. www.huntenkunst.org.

Kennedy, A. (2011) Anisotrophy. Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin, NZ. 25th Jan-5th Mar 2011. Blue Oyster Art Project Space (founded 1999) receives major funding from Creative New Zealand to provide a program of contemporary art practice. 'Anisotrophy' addresses, in a number of discrete yet related works, principles of non-isometric space & follows on from work I produced in 2010 for an exhibition at Foundation Duende, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (RO2). In this exhibition ideas are extended to include the principles of reverse, or inverse, perspective, with such ideas having a genealogy in 20th-century notions concerning anti-gravity as the project for artistic activity & tilted space as a way of overcoming Euclidean geometry. Malevich's '34 Drawings' (pub. 1920) and other instances of artists' engagement with hyperbolic and four-dimensional space in the context of concrete and non-objective art are also invoked. www.alxkennedy.com

Kennedy, A., & 4 other artists. (2010) Non-Isometric Space. Duende Foundation, Rotterdam, Netherlands. 19th - 21 March 2010. Group exhibition with four international artists: Roxane Borujerdi (FR)(shown at LISTE, Art Basel Int'l Art Fair, 2010, TENT & Witte de With, 2010) http://www.roxaneborujerdi.com/; Sonia Rijnhout (NL) www.soniarijnhout.nl/; Bass Scheevers (NL) http://www.basschevers.nl; Reviewed on Netherlands top art blog: http://trendbeheer.com/2010/03/20/gastpresentaties-duende/. Large-scale wall work deploying principles of inverse perspective, 'anti-geometry' & 'tilted space'. Represents a conceptual extension of 'Lost in Space' (RO 6) & engagement with histories of 'space' as described by Henri Lefebvre in "The Production of Space" (1992). Research interest - the 'spaces' of painting & the various concepts of space, eg. Cartesion, Baroque, Renaissance space & the 'expanded space' of painting.

Journal Article

Kennedy, A. (2010) Acts of Interruption. Dérives and Détournements in Painting. SCOPE Contemporary Research Topics: art & design 4. ISSN (hardcopy): 1177-5653, ISSN (online): 1177-5661. December 2009 (released 2010). Pages 14-18 (5 pages). SCOPE is a blind peer-reviewed academic journal with an international editorial board and is published on the EBSCO database. EBSCO is a leading international research database. This paper contexualises Daniel Buren’s practice in relation to other instances of painting which demonstrate the ability to critically reflect on their own histories & traditions. There is alignment with a Post-Conceptual practice, a concept which can be used in distinction to the Neo-Romantic, and as such is of relevance as a position from which to begin discussing my own practice. Publication of full conference paper presented at Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand (ANZAAE), 20 - 23 April, 2009.


Kennedy, A. (2010) Digital Junk (4) & Thinking of Bataille. Oculus: Postgraduate Journal for Visual Arts Research, Issue No. 2, May 2010. Published by Department of Art History & Theory and School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. ISSN 1173-8030 Issue No. 2, May 2010, pages 74-75. Two paintings.

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