Peter Kennedy

Artist Statement

He was one of the first Australian artists to work with light as installation, creating immersive environments through minimalist arrangements of coloured neon tubes. Since this time, his experimental, groundbreaking body of work has encompassed installation, performance, photography, sound, video and drawing. In the late 1970s his practice became more politically engaged and activist in nature, exploring and interrogating actual political events. Later works have encompassed notions of death and mortality from both historical and personal perspectives. ------------- More on https://www.mca.com.au/artists-works/artists/peter-kennedy-john-hughes/

bio

Peter Kennedy, born 1945, Brisbane, Queensland. Lives and works Melbourne, Victoria. John Hughes, born 1948, Coburg, Victoria. Lives and works Melbourne, Victoria. Peter Kennedy began exhibiting in the mid 1960s. By the end of that decade, he had begun to forge new territory in Australia through his conceptually aligned art practice and light-based installations. He was one of the first Australian artists to work with light as installation, creating immersive environments through minimalist arrangements of coloured neon tubes. Since this time, his experimental, groundbreaking body of work has encompassed installation, performance, photography, sound, video and drawing. In the late 1970s his practice became more politically engaged and activist in nature, exploring and interrogating actual political events. Later works have encompassed notions of death and mortality from both historical and personal perspectives.

exhibition

Kennedy has exhibited widely both in Australia and overseas. He was a founding member of Sydney’s avant-garde artist-run gallery Inhibodress in the early 1970s and was director of the University of Sydney Art Workshop (The Tin Sheds) from 1980 to 1985. In 2002, the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne held a retrospective survey of his work, Peter Kennedy: Selected Works 1970–2002; the solo exhibition Peter Kennedy: Light Years 1970–71 was presented at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane in 2011.

Recent group exhibitions include Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); Sweet Spot, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2009); Gallery A Sydney: 1964–1983, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW, Newcastle Regional Gallery, NSW (2009); Figuring Landscapes, International Centre for Fine Art Research, University of the Arts, London (2008); and The Far Side of the Moon, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Langwarrin (2007). His works are held in Australian state gallery and university collections and in international collections, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Tate Gallery, London; and National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

Latest/Feautured work

Melbourne Now Artist - Peter Kennedy

Peter Kennedy talks about his work in Melbourne Now.

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Peter Kennedy 30 min Educational Interview

A 30 min educational interview for schools with Queensland artist, Peter Kennedy. This educational interview...

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Peter Kennedy on his ‘Neon Light...

Have you ever wanted to be in a coloured rainbow? To walk through light? Hear...

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Melbourne Now Artist – Peter Kennedy

Peter Kennedy talks about his work in Melbourne Now.