Alexandra Kennedy

Born: Christchurch, New Zealand
Lives: Dunedin, New Zealand

Alexandra Kennedy is a Painter and Lecturer in History and Theory of Art at the Dunedin School of Art, Dunedin, New Zealand. Her practice is located between painting and drawing; between object and process. Kennedy’s project is also located within a context which engages with the “zero gesture” in painting, addressing the critical relevancy of painting and its ability to reflect upon and engage with its own histories. Appearing as random marks and erasures on a field which forms part of a larger, potentially limitless field, the works are suggestive of digital junk, voids and empty spaces and can be “read” as being in the middle of something, as process, as becoming. Hence the work makes use of the notion of the “holes in space” created by electronic and digital technologies, reworking them as an “aesthetic of the void.” Her practice also encompasses writing on contemporary painting. Recent published articles and conference papers also focus on issues such as the “end of subject matter” and contemporary “zero gestures” in painting.

Education

2009
  • MFA, Painting
    Dunedin School of Art, Dunedin, New Zealand

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2009
  • Pictures of Nothing
    School of Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
2007
  • Lost in Space
    Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin, New Zealand

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009
  • Preview: South Island Artists
    Centre of Contemporary Art, Temple Gallery, Webbs Gallery (touring show), Christchurch, Dunedin, Auckland, New Zealand
2008
  • The Pretty Show
    High Street Project: Artist Project Space, Christchurch, New Zealand
2007
  • Finalist, Wallace Art Award
    Wallace Trust Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2004
  • Finalist, Wallace Art Award
    Wallace Trust Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 10x10
    McPherson Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Selected Awards and Grants

2008
Applications close November 20th

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