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Archive > Force of Reason, Alison Kennedy

An artist’s statement is a strange beast – because experiencing art is not a search for the hidden jigsaw piece. AHA now I’ve got it!

Yet having said this, this series of work continues Kennedy's fascination with the relationship between philosophy – principally existential – and her art practice.

In these works Kennedy critiques the emphasis placed upon rationality – upon logic- to the extent that it is considered to remove all political and moral ambiguity.
Does an appeal to reason now equate to an appeal to popular opinion that covers up as much as it seeks to examine? Does the entitlement of reason (in this sense) in social institutions now quash scrutiny in favour of a general common sense?

And justification – ‘The reason that this happened is…..” But does this reductive approach provide anything but an appeal to be excused?

Kennedy has consistently exhibited after completing her Masters of Contemporary Art at the University of Melbourne in 2012. She co founded Philosophy Café Melbourne (supported by the Cultural Development fund of the city of Port Phillip) and the Centre for Logos for interdisciplinary projects. She has a studio at Vale St Studios in St Kilda. She has a background in law, architecture and writing.

July 8 - July 21 2016