Over the last few months I have been working on several different things - a fairly normal working pattern for me that involves juggling multiple balls at once and trying to keep some of them in the air! I've been working on a variety of different things including my work related to my practice, but also stuff related to North Sea Collaborations, a design group i'm involved with and also my ongoing role as painting assistant to the artist James Hugonin.
Recently, much of my time has been devoted to designing and putting together a new website - I'm really pleased to say nickkennedy.info is now live! It's been a long time in the making, as my previous website was built in around 2011, but it has been a great task to achieve. I think it is really important for artists to take moments to consolidate and reflect and that is something I've been able to do, whilst getting through the laborious task of collating, organising and uploading images. The website contains just a selection of works made over the last 8 or 9 years, but I feel it is now a fairly comprehensive and well balanced collection of works and projects. Working on the Latest Edition has definitely given me the impetus to update my online profile and I'm really pleased to have a website that reflects my work as an artist, right up to the present.
In terms of work in the studio, I'm am taking my time to develop a significant project that I plan to develop over the next two years - expect that this will involve the development of two new bodies of work and an exhibition to conclude. While it is too early to give much away about this, i'm keen to build upon the recent work produced for Latest Edition, the kinetic installation Spooky Action at a Distance and weave together some references to a previous work, Timecasting. I have been working on some new custom clock movements, which is quite exciting and I expect this to be a big part of my focus for the foreseeable. I will be developing this work which involves arduino-controlled stepper motors to make sculptural objects and also large scale installations that investigate time through a drawing process.
In terms forthcoming exhibitions I'm really excited about a group show that my work will be included in which opens this month. Proof Positive at the fantastic modernist Gibberd Gallery in Harlow brings together a selection of prints by artists who have worked with master printer Kip Gresham. See here for further info.
Recent experiments with slow plaster carvings using clock movements - these are being developed as a long term part of work with North Sea Collaborations,