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2013 MFA & MDes Thesis Exhibition at The Henry
Written by Claire Reiner—Vanguard Press

Dave Kennedy’s photographs in the thesis exhibition may be difficult for some to decipher at first glance. Kennedy’s close observation of objects separates them from their traditional contexts. The works in this series capture cigarettes in portrait style photography, bringing a sense of humanity to everyday, ephemeral and discarded objects. This sense of discard is juxtaposed with the beauty and sensitivity employed in capturing these “portraits.” Kennedy continues with his exploration of objects in his video, which explores interactions with various objects. These interactions emphasize the role of inanimate objects and the ability for some to become highly animate. Kennedy closely considers these objects, changing meaning and value from the benign to the beautiful.


Gaspars, Dugans, Jacks and Kools