Jack Kenna How Slowly Time Passes, How Quickly Things Change
February 25, 2023 - March 22, 2023
Jack Kenna's practice is defined by an energetic visual style where he reflects the dynamic nature of our media saturated world. His index of imagery is expansive, derived not only from published sources but also from personal experience, giving him the freedom to merge historical still life painting with his own vast archive of cell phone photography and imagery. This breadth of reference allows him to create works that convert the paradoxes inherent in the contemporary experience.
The title of the exhibition, How Slowly Time Passes, How Quickly Things Change, offers a reflection on the slipperiness and contradictory nature of time as represented through objects that demarcate its passage: calendars, candles, flowers, clocks, even a hot cup of coffee cooling down. The title also relates to how time can be tracked through the relentless “advancements” of technology, represented by obsolete iPhones, dated electronics, and the knobs and dials of 1970s modular synthesizers. The works also reveal themes and symbols that speak to a particular mode of post-pandemic experience, largely dictated by digital interactions with the world. On their own, power strips, cords, and cables are seemingly common objects used to maintain function in work and life. Here, exaggerated and oversized, tapped with a maximum of electrical plugs with tangled cables extending in all directions, they activate the canvas and suggest a state of being over-worked, over-stimulated, and out of time.