Gareth Kennedy’s work is invested in a socially engaged practice which addresses specific environmental, social, aesthetic and economic concerns within located contexts.
Over the last two years, he has been developing an anthropological aesthetic to generate 'folk fictions'. These works draw on the social, cultural and economic history of a people and a place to craft work that is a meaningful and contemporary composite of these histories.
This method has entailed working with such diverse professionals as archaeologists, anthropologists, film archivists, museum directors, folklorists and scientists as well as festival organizers, craftspeople, fishermen park rangers and broad based publics. He envisages contemporary art as a unique mode of generating meaningful new associations within contexts as well as producing new knowledge through its processes. He has produced and shown work both nationally and internationally. His practice to date includes public art work, educational projects, exhibitions, residencies and collaborations. In 2009, he co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale along with artist Sarah Browne. Throughout 2011 and 2012 Kennedy worked on a significant body of new work investigating landscape, craft and social values against the backdrop of the recent arrival of the IKEA global phenomenon in Ireland. This work will now go on a national tour to folk and ethnological museums of Ireland in 2013.
In 2013 Kennedy will work on public projects in the south west of Ireland and in Saint Petersburg, Russia, as part of Critical Mass 2013.
Kennedy also works collaboratively with artist Sarah Browne as Kennedy Browne.