Joe Kennedy

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Storyville, 2011 Acrylic, House Paint, Glue, Tempera 60" X 72" © Joe Kennedy
wouldyou, 2011 Acrylic, House Paint, Wax Crayon On Canvas 36" X 60" © Joe Kennedy
Higher Math, 2012 Acrylic, House Paint, Tempera, 30" X 30" © Joe Kennedy
Ask the way to Spring, 2012 Digital Media; Photography, Illustration And Photoshop 10" X 12" © Joe Kennedy
f+e, 2013 2013, Acrylic, Plaster, House Paint, Tempera, Glue, Wax Pencil, Paper And Paper Towels On Canvas 36" X 48" © Joe Kennedy
Q+A, 2011 Acrylic, House Paint, Tempera 60" X 72" © Joe Kennedy
Osylis, 2013 Acrylic, Plaster, House Paint, Glue, Paper Towels On Canvas 24" X 36" © Joe Kennedy
Inauguration of Los Angeles County Museum of Art with fireworks, 1965 Photograph By Joe Kennedy, Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, Department Of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, Ucla © 2015 Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library (CC BY 4.0).
Quick Facts
chicago artist, cb2, Automatic drawing, mixed-media, surrealism, modern, graffiti/street-art
Artist Statement

I use the surrealist technique Automatic Drawing for my work. No advanced plan is used as the unconscious directs the movement. I attempt to bring myself and the viewer into the instant where the conscious and unconscious mix and the mind begins to make sense of what it sees. It's that moment where our senses are engaged and cognition just begins to categorize and name. I use a calligraphic, graffiti like etching to capture and bring light to this illusive juncture. These moments are flowing, organic and quickly dissipate, which presents itself in the look of decay and entropy. Layers and layers of paint are used to arrive at this point.