Interdisciplinary Artist

LANGUAGE

I wanted to produce a series of works in which the value of a given piece (i.e., the digital image file) could not be tied to the physical properties associated with the final product.

WHITE COLLAR GOES BLACK

“White Collar Goes Black” provokes a reassessment of values and evaluates the charity of western medical organizations on missions as a new form of struggle against imperialism.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Biography

Kharis Kennedy’s identity as a painter is centered on consumerism, commodification and celebrity worship woven through her surroundings living in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her exploration of animals bearing fashion-inspired logos and branding reflects a cultural and societal impetus to personally “command” an art form. Animals are free from self-reflexivity and identity politics; Kennedy humorously posits horses and snakes (both creatures which inspire and, sometimes, are actual victims of the human world of fashion) as wearing fashion-inspired logos not only as a false garment but as an organ inseparable from the being. Kennedy utilizes layers of glue and pigment to build successive surface layers, at times resembling glazed ceramic. She not only satirizes consumer culture in her practice but subverts it into depicting a permanently sinister undertone of human activity.

KHARIS KENNEDY STUDIO

  •   Christiansted, St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands

FIXED VALUE SERIES

... questions subjective assessments of “artistic value” by playing devil’s advocate and offering an empirical value for each painting.
FIXED VALUE: MASS I was inspired to begin this suite after realizing that a painting is a 3-dimensional object which, like any 3-dimensional object, can only be objectively described using the physical constants: mass, light, and energy. “Fixed Value : Mass” consists of 9 paintings created to satisfy a set of weight measurements, or fixed values. mass-579-34

FIXED VALUE: LIGHT To begin this series I painted one canvas completely black and another completely white. Using a light meter and reductive formula I found that the black canvas had an exposure value of 10.6 (the least amount of light that could possibly be reflected) and the white canvas had an exposure value of 14.6 light-13-4

FIXED VALUE: DARK A linear scale was developed such that the paintings all fall just within these parameters — the darkest painting measures 11.0 EV and the lightest measures 14.2 EV.Considering that a painting is a 3-dimensional object which, like any 3-dimensional object, can only be objectively described using the physical constants: mass, light, and energy.
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CURATED PROJECT: THE MAN I WISH I WAS
BROOKLYN, NY, December 2009 – A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce The Man I Wish I Was, a partially invitational, partially juried group exhibition featuring work by 18 artists. The exhibition will be on view in Gallery II from January 6 - January 31, 2010. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 7 from 6pm to 8pm and is open to the public.