Tony Charles and Nick Kennedy are artists represented by Platform A Gallery whose work is connected through material and process whilst differing in approach and conclusion.
Kennedy's work follows a path of experimentation with a practice that spans drawing, sculpture, installation and performance. His 'experiments' often deliberately parody scientific process to reflect a fascination with the hidden nature of things, time and materials. He seeks order in a chaotic world, recasting chance and unpredictability as his tools. In recent projects, Kennedy has distanced himself from the act of making through the introduction of delicate drawing devices and close collaboration with participants to realise works that explore the boundaries of drawing.
Charles’ investigation into painting draws on his industrial experience and concentrates on a traditional painting format where the relationship between brushstrokes and industrial grind marks explore the idea of objecthood and alludes to the Constructivist notion of Faktura, in an investigation into notions of abstraction. These painted objects that have been industrially ground back to metal, are a presentation of an industrial process as much as an abstract visual language. The excavation of a painting and the erasure of an image with a grinding tool involve a very deliberate action that discovers tensions and divisions between practical purpose and aesthetic decisions.
An interesting conversation is set up between these two practices relating to material, drawing and chance. The metalpoint process employed by Nick Kennedy in his ‘drawing machines’ facilitates a slow build-up in the construction of the work whilst the material connections and allusions to drawing in the grinding process employed by Charles relies on excavation to create these visceral and expressive ‘Unpaintings’.