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Chapter Arts Centre: Art in the Bar - Robert Kennedy - 15 Mar 2013 to 28 Apr 2013

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15 Mar 2013 to 28 Apr 2013

Chapter Arts Centre
Market Road
Canton
CF5 1QE
Cardiff
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Artists in this exhibition: Robert Kennedy


Art In The Bar: Robert Kennedy

Fri 15 Mar - Sun 28 April
Gwe 15 Maw - Sul 28 Ebr

‘Beer Street’ celebrates the virtues of the mildly intoxicating traditional national drink. Beer inspires artists and refreshes tradesmen and labourers. It can be drunk safely on rooftops - James Towneley (1714–1778)

Location and collaboration are central to the work of Robert Kennedy, incorporating diary-like elements and marking time through practice.Governed by his environment; the work he produces is less about statements and more a loose archaeology of situation.

In this recent body of work, Kennedy recalls a scene from William Hogarth’s print Beer Street (1751), originally produced as part of a campaign directed against gin drinking amongst the poor. Beer Street celebrated the ‘virtues’ of England’s traditional national drink and pitched this against ‘the careless inebriation’ inspired by excessive gin consumption. In the print, a ragged artist, hooked on gin, paints a pub sign for money, habitually inserting the source of his addiction into the sign in the form of a gin cup rather than a beer tankard.

Kennedy, who himself has worked as a sign writer for many years, applies the same detail to produce rich, gilded glass works. This site-responsive exhibition weaves together a number of these processes and strands of pre-occupation - blurring the boundaries between life, art and work.

The designs, hanging like horse-brass trophy ornaments in the bar, are derived from drinking detritus and the resultant delicate works echo old-style pub mirrors. Reflection, attraction and brittleness are recurring themes in Kennedy’s practice and this new exhibition raises a variety of questions relating to value, time and the human condition.

Robert Kennedy has worked as a Cardiff based sculptor since 1984. Kennedy last exhibited a complete set of works at Chapter in 1988 with ‘The Memorial: Laughing In The Face Of Death’. That same year he began working at Chapter as a film projectionist - and continues to do so. For the last 18 months, Robert has been working on the city centre Arcadecardiff project in Queen’s Arcade.
For more information visit www.arcadecardiff.co.uk


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