Nick 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.
“My practice has a very specific focus on drawing, which I feel is largely due to its immediacy and flexibility as a medium for the exploration of ideas and processes. A key strand of my work involves the employment of systems or devices to disrupt or interfere with my control over the process of making. I'm interested in exploring the notions of chance, order, control and serendipity.There is usually some integral part of the process of making that is out of my hands, which informs or even comes to define the construction and aesthetic of a piece of work. I'm always examining the creative process and trying to understand how and why we apply value to objects - what does this system of values say about our relationship with the world and more broadly why do we create systems of measure? Central to all my work is the conflict between chance and influence, order and chaos, success and failure, rules and irregularity.”