kennardphillipps - artists peter kennard and cat phillips

Americas Greatest Hits , EXILE gallery

With the exhibition Americas Greatest Hits the London-based artist duo kennardphillipps are responding to the rise of right-wing populism, not just in Austria but around the globe. The fragility of democracy and the dangerous undercurrents of current political speech and institutional violence stand at the center of this exhibition produced specifically for, and in response to, EXILE’s space and close location to the seats of power of the current right-wing ÖVP/FPÖ government.

Entering the wooden, ground floor space of the gallery a large, almost wall-sized image is depicting a pictorial night shot of the brightly-lit Austrian Parliament building flying the Austrian flag. On the opposite wall hang three individual banners showing red-white-red colored horizontal stripes, as in the Austrian flag. All works are printed on extremely thin dust sheet not intended for printing on and appear smeared if not at times obliterated. Between the wall works a record player is playing a single track, manually set on repeat.

The image of the Austrian parliament building with its panoramic perspective and scenic lighting could be sourced from countless amateur tourist smartphones or stock-photography websites. It’s generic but well-composed pictorial quality is only ruptured by the fragility of it’s own printing material which yet again seems to enhance the image’s appearance as almost skilful and, to a degree, oddly painterly. As a combination of perspective, lighting, scale and technique the work refers to a particular genre of large-scale representational painting found in most buildings of socio-political powers aiming to underline the owner’s or institution’s importance and, as a final goal, their longevity.

Installed on the opposite wall are three banners depicting the colors of the Austrian flag. These seemingly life-size representations of an actual flag seem to allure to all too common nationalist sentiments felt not only in Vienna but across many cities and countries. Only loosely attached to the gallery’s wooden wall onto wooden bars, their vernacular identity reminds uncomfortably of traditional Trachtenvereine, nationalist Burschenschaften or patriotic party congresses. Though here, the pictorial and painterly smears of the image of Parliament have turned into tracks or traces diluting the distinct color blocks of most national flags. The red color at top and bottom quite literally bleeds into and across the center white. The unabsorbable ink is looking for ways or channels to attach itself onto a hostile surface not meant for such purpose. A simple technological failure metaphorically questions national identity and individual socio-political responsibility.

 

Central in the ground floor space is the evolving, process-based work that gives the show its title. In response to kennardphillipps’ artwork the album sleeve Americas Greatest Hits lists all unarmed fatalities of US police shootings since 2015. London-based intermedia artist Mukul has initiated the recording of an LP as a memorial to the victims. This initial edition contains a single track produced using the police body cam recordings of violence perpetrated against citizens who were neither armed nor attacking.

Images and audio together form two aspects of an environment in which visitors are invited to reflect upon the current crisis of our democratic institutions in relation to the global rise of right-wing populism. It is a reminder that history can all too easily repeat itself if we do not learn from it.

EXILE

Elisabethstrasse 24
1010 Vienna, Austria

Finnegans Woke, RUA RED, Dublin 2019

 

 

[01/02/2019] Installation view of ‘Finnegans Woke’, an exhibition of work by kennardphillipps in Rua Red, Tallaght, 25 January – 29 March 2019. Photo: Kasia Kaminska

[01/02/2019] Installation view of ‘Finnegans Woke’, an exhibition of work by kennardphillipps in Rua Red, Tallaght, 25 January – 29 March 2019. Photo: Kasia Kaminska

[01/02/2019] Installation view of ‘Finnegans Woke’, an exhibition of work by kennardphillipps in Rua Red, Tallaght, 25 January – 29 March 2019. Photo: Kasia Kaminska

[01/02/2019] Installation view of ‘Finnegans Woke’, an exhibition of work by kennardphillipps in Rua Red, Tallaght, 25 January – 29 March 2019. Photo: Kasia Kaminska

[01/02/2019] Installation view of ‘Finnegans Woke’, an exhibition of work by kennardphillipps in Rua Red, Tallaght, 25 January – 29 March 2019. Photo: Kasia Kaminska

[01/02/2019] Installation view of ‘Finnegans Woke’, an exhibition of work by kennardphillipps in Rua Red, Tallaght, 25 January – 29 March 2019. Photo: Kasia Kaminska

[01/02/2019] Installation view of ‘Finnegans Woke’, an exhibition of work by kennardphillipps in Rua Red, Tallaght, 25 January – 29 March 2019. Photo: Kasia Kaminska

[01/02/2019] Installation view of ‘Finnegans Woke’, an exhibition of work by kennardphillipps in Rua Red, Tallaght, 25 January – 29 March 2019. Photo: Kasia Kaminska

[01/02/2019] Installation view of ‘Finnegans Woke’, an exhibition of work by kennardphillipps in Rua Red, Tallaght, 25 January – 29 March 2019. Photo: Kasia Kaminska

[01/02/2019] Installation view of ‘Finnegans Woke’, an exhibition of work by kennardphillipps in Rua Red, Tallaght, 25 January – 29 March 2019. Photo: Kasia Kaminska

 

 

Finnegans Woke – newspaper – 289×400 mm v12-2

Capital City

Age of Terror : Art since 9/11 EXHIBITION AT IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

Head Of State

2007

pigment ink on newspapers

showing at the Imperial War Museum’s exhibition Age Of Terror : Art since 9/11

25th Oct 2017 – 28th May 2018

in  good  company  with  Jenny  Holzer,  Ai  Wei  Wei,  Alfredo  Jaar

Exhibition view of “Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11”, running at IWM London from 25th October 2017 – 28th May 2018.
Gallery view with artworks by Ai Weiwei and kennardphillipps
Photographed 31st October, 2017.

Exhibition view of “Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11”, running at IWM London from 25th October 2017 – 28th May 2018.
Gallery view with artworks by Ai Weiwei, Alfredo Jaar and kennardphillipps
Photographed 31st October, 2017.

Exhibition view of “Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11”, running at IWM London from 25th October 2017 – 28th May 2018.
Gallery view with artworks by Ai Weiwei, Jenny Holzer and kennardphillipps
Photographed 31st October, 2017.

 

 

 

STATE OF THE NATIONS : Diffusion International Festival of Photography, Cardiff

MAY NOT exhibition of new work at DADIANI Fine Art

Travelling Gallery tour Here Comes Everybody around Scotland

Along with Glasgow based artist Scott Lang and the Travelling Gallery crew we set up War On War Room studios for a few days at a time in Easterhouse, Castlemilk, Boghall, Kilmarnock and Irvin, and worked with people living there to create their own critical art, showing what they struggle with and hope to change.

All the new work went into Here Comes Everybody as it moved along touring Scotland to public audiences up and down the country.

 

HERE COMES EVERYBODY : STILLS , Edinburgh Festival2015

On the 1st August this year we opened an installation at STILLS gallery in Edinburgh.

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And then we invited anyone and everyone to come and make work with us, Scott Lang and Claire Cochrane in a shopping centre round the corner

And then we invited anyone and everyone to come and make work with us, Scott Lang and Claire Cochrane in a shopping centre round the corner

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About 120 people ended up making work in this studio throughout August, producing 140 new works between them.

About 120 people ended up making work in the War on War Room studio throughout August, producing 140 new works between them.

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Then we took all their work into the gallery where it completes our installation Here Comes Everybody till the end of October

Their work completes the installation Here Comes Everybody at STILLS gallery till the end of October this year

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Dismaland Cameron billboard ‘SHOVE’

UK - Dismaland - Sleaford Mods plays live next to artwork by kennarphillipps

jason tells it to 'the cunt in the corner'

jason tells it to ‘the cunt in the corner’

someone else joins in

someone else joins in

UK - Dismaland - Sleaford Mods plays live next to artwork by kennarphillippsa bit of footage here

https://youtu.be/EyThXXYTUvA

everyone's happy

everyone’s happy

the day before….all quiet