Creating a Lovely Mess: The Art, Play, and Visual Keenness of Ken Kewley

I couldn't think how to title this blog. I'll write first, then title it. That probably makes more sense, a little like Ken Kewley's approach to visual composition. Just put things down. Respond to what you see and feel. It'll all come together later.

Acrylic and Collage on Matte Board 6 x 6"

Acrylic and Collage on Matte Board
6 x 6"

Acrylic and Collage on Matte Board 2 x 2"

Acrylic and Collage on Matte Board
2 x 2"

Spending the day yesterday in a workshop led by Ken was like playing around in third grade art class. We cut and glued and painted and made trees and clouds out of cardboard. We created a huge lovely mess. Only this time making a mess and mistakes was kind of the point. There was no such thing as doing it wrong. Refreshing. This is what I think we all try to get back to in our creative practice, and Ken has gotten very good at it.

I enjoyed looking at the world as a conglomeration of large and small flat geometric shapes of color. It's interesting how the rhythm and repetition, the lines and direction, become more recognizable when you lose the curves. The order and geometry is everywhere you look. We know this, we just don't always see it in the chaos unless we try looking with different eyes.

Black & White Photocopy 2 x 2"

Black & White Photocopy
2 x 2"