Exhibitions

Between: Works by Blake Kennedy Exhibition February 3 - March 3, Opening Reception February 10
Between: Works by Blake Kennedy


BETWEEN, BLAKE KENNEDY’S MATURE CERAMIC WORKS DEMONSTRATE DEPTH,INTIMACY AND REFLECTION 

(ROCKPORT, TX). A native ofNorth Carolina, Blake Kennedy lives and creates exquisite ceramic work in SanAntonio.  In 2010, Kennedy graduated from Appalachian State Universityearning a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramicsand Sculpture.  After graduation, he maintained a studio practice in Boone,North Carolina where he was a member at the Collective Studio and Gallery.  Kennedy has been Ceramic Studio Technicianand Faculty Member at Southwest School of Art since 2015.  Recently, his work has been included inexhibitions at the Butler Art Center in Butler, Pennsylvania; Beatrice HaggertyGallery in Irvine, Texas; and the Wichita Falls Museum of Art in WichitaFalls. 

Kennedy describes the genesis of his work as being “Constantlydrawn to nature’s different landscapes. My central interest is in liminal areasbetween a landscape’s different topography. For example, where an ocean meets a shoreline.  This space is never static.  Instead, it remains a visual example of thelandscape’s constant flux.  Theseambiguous points of transition ruminate, and in doing so, provide moments ofreflection, memory, and growth.  In asimilar way, I think of working with clay as a liminal process.  The material goes through constanttransformation as the object is being formed. The pieces I make reference the different landscapes I have experienced,and the impressions they have left of me. My studio practice alternates between exploring these landscapes throughutilitarian pieces, and investigating them in more sculptural installationbased works.”

Kennedydiscovered the joy and challenge of creating objects with his hands early on. His grandfather, a craftsman and a stonemason by trade, spent many hourswith him on woodworking projects.  “Icredit my Grandfather for helping me learn what it means to be kind, patient,and creative,” states Kennedy.  Someof the work in the exhibit will include work from a series he calls Stokes County Quarry, located in hishome state. He adds “Up until this project these liminal spaces have beengeographic; meaning based on landscapes I have experienced. Stokes CountyQuarry begins to think about liminal space in terms of time.  These pieces have been made and fired overthe last four years.  It is my way of honoring and memorializing my grandfather'shistory as a stonemason.  The time it has taken to work on this series isan important part of process. During this period I sat and talked with him abouthis childhood, career, being a family man, owning a quarry, restoring antiques,travel, and anything else he was willing to share with me. This project continuesto develop as my grandfather shares new stories with me, and I reflect upon hislife.”

Kennedy has shown his work across the United States. He isthe recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including the Award of Merit from the University of DallasRegional Ceramics Competition in Irvine, Texas (2017); the Merit Award at the22nd Annual San Antonio Potter's Guild Exhibition (2015); Friends of ArrowmontScholarship to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee(2010); and the Juror’s Selection in Clay for Art Expo 2010

at Appalachian StateUniversity in Boone, North Carolina; amongst others.

Between, Kennedy’smaiden Rockport show, is part of this year’s Rockport Clay Expo which takesplace February 10 and 11, 2018.  Agallery talk with the artist takes place February 10 at 4:30 PM.  A reception with the artist will follow from5 to 6:30 PM.  However, his exhibit opensto the public a week earlier, on February 2.  It runs through Saturday, March 3.  To learn more about Kennedy’s ceramic processand technique, clay enthusiasts can attend a demonstration at the Art Center,Sunday, February 11 from 10:30 am to Noon.

Rockport Center for the Arts is now located in downtownRockport, at 106 S. Austin St.  Hours ofoperation are Monday through Saturday from 10 to 4 PM. Admission is always freeand open to the public.  Visit rockportartcenter.com or call361-729-5519 for more information.