Dan Kennedy:
Dust of Oblivion

Gallery II
Solo Exhibit

Opening reception - Saturday, May 13th, 6pm-9pm

May 13, 2006 through June 10, 2006

Dan Kennedy:
"Dust of Oblivion"
On View May 13th - June 10th, 2006
Opening Reception Saturday May 13th, 2006 from 6 p.m - 9 p.m.

New York, NY May 2006 – Pop culture icons resurface in artist Dan Kennedy’s solo exhibition Dust of Oblivion, a saturation of phantasmagoric landscapes illustrating the depths of the human collective unconscious. Kennedy expands upon the explorations of previous projects, delving into an earlier history of the construction and expansion of a mass commercial culture, where text and image are suspended in a world of memory and dream. An archeologist of visual language, Kennedy incorporates a conglomerate of vocabulary straddling 19th and 20th century, architectural images, and characters to create new, mysterious narratives and dense pictorial realms. The opening reception for Dust of Oblivion is on Saturday, May 13th, from 6pm-9pm at Jonathan LeVine Gallery.  The exhibition will be on view through June 10th.

Excavating types of chromo lithography from early and mid 19th century advertising, Kennedy references a multiplicity of sources and historical materials such as song sheets, Farmer’s Almanacs, gameboards, paint by numbers, and both obscure and recognizable commercial characters. An avid collector and archivist of words, imagery and language, Kennedy’s new works are influenced by a diversity of readings from Milton’s Paradise Lost, Mark Twain, Robert Coover and Joe Hill. Kennedy builds layers in oil and glazes, pinning down his findings like specimens offering a poetical potential. From this ephemera of commercial culture of the past, emerges a beautiful and evocative world, a museum of language and archetypes loaded with ambiguities.

Kennedy identifies his paintings as having theatrical qualities, where visual text and commercial characters substitute props and actors. However, the stage is intangible and the dialogue in a constant state of flux. For example, images by an unknown pool of illustrators are juxtaposed with a terrified Snow White or a drowned Pinocchio. His mysterious, graphic narratives invite the viewer to engage in the absurd, dark and surreal qualities of his work. Rich layering of lush paint, texture, and text combine to create a dense labyrinth, or abstract plane upon which, Kennedy says, “project a hallucinatory spectacle of history, anxiety, parody, commerce, defiance, and beauty.” Images appear like mythical icons, permeating into the collective language and culture we share and inhabit to become a Dust of Oblivion.

Dan Kennedy studied at the Ontario College of Art, A.O.C.A. His works are in numerous public and private collections in the U.S. and Canada, including the Canada Council Art Bank, in Ottawa. Kennedy is the recipient of the Canada Arts Council B Grant, and both Ontario and Toronto Arts Council Grants. His recently acclaimed shows include Kidnapped, Factory Broken Melody, and Shack of Deals. Kennedy’s works have appeared in Juxtapoz, Canadian Art Magazine, Border Crossings, Toronto Life, Vancouver Sun, National Post, MIX Magazine, LOLA Magazine and Parallelogram. Kennedy currently lives in Toronto.


Dan Kennedy







1979-83           Ontario College of Art, A.O.C.A.




2006                 Dust of Oblivion, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY

                        The Voice Mansion (Yammerhead’s return), solo, Art Galleryof Peel, Ontario


Robert Berman Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif., Oct.


Richard Goodhall Gallery, Manchester, UK, group


2005                 Kidnapped, Edward Day Gallery,Toronto, ON., solo, November


2004                 Foreverland, C-Pop Gallery, Detroit, Michigan, solo


That Obscure Object Of Desire, Cambridge Gallery, Cambridge, ON., group


2003                 Factory Broken Melody, Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, ON., solo


Brilliant Disguise, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, B.C, solo


2002                                  The Dark Side Of Happy, Stratford Gallery, group,  


Shack of Deals, Cambridge Gallery, Cambridge, ON, solo


2001                 Harvest, Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, ON., solo


2000                                  Widescreen, Sable-Castelli Gallery,Toronto, ON., solo


                        Intermission, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, B.C, solo


                        Caught, Niagara Artists Company (N.A.C.), 2 person show,

                        St. Catherines, ON.


                        Anti-Aging, Dan Kennedy and Homer Watson , Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery      


1999                                  Phantom Empire , Perpetual Crisis: New art for the end of the century,

                        Hamilton Artists Inc., solo, catalogue  essay - John Massier


1998                 Deluxe, Lonsdale Gallery, group, Tor., ON.


1997                 White Water Gallery, group, North Bay, Ont.


1994                 In a Language of Distance (Whispering Pines Motor Inn),

White Water Gallery, North Bay, ON., solo,


1993                 Departure and Passage (The indeterminancies of mobility),

The Gallery, University of Toronto, solo





Ontario Arts Council Grant                     2005,2003,1997,1993,1989

Toronto Arts Council Grant                     2001,1999,1996            

Canada Council B Grant                         2004,1998,1996            

Canada Council, Project Grant               1995,1994,1991            

Governor General Medal, O.C.A              1983    


Peter Goddard, Outspoken Images, The Star, Nov.23, 2005

Betty Ann Jordan,”Kidnapped”, Toronto Life, Nov., 2005

M. Ola, On the wall, Detroit News, Nov. 2004

R. Simpson, “Foreverland”,The South End, Nov. 8, 2004

Catherine Osborne, "Occupying The Vacuum", Dan Kennedy, National Post, Oct. 4, 2003

"Dan Kennedy", Bits Magazine, Sept. 17, 2003

Adriana Barton, “Pop persuasion”, Where Vancouver, Jan./Feb. 2003

Amanda Aikman, What’s On, The Other Press, Vancouver, Feb. 2003

Gordon Hatt, “Shack of Deals”, Cambridge Gallery ,catalogue essay, 2002

Ryan Bigge, “Everything falls apart”, Broken Pencil, Winter 2002

Corrinna Ghaznavi, Canadian Art magazine, review, March 2002

Annie Tucker, “Commercial Unconscious”, Juxtapoz magazine, feature article, Jan. 2001

Bethany Green, “Caught traps viewers”, Brock Press,  Oct.2, 2001

Michael Scott “Intermission”, Vancouver Sun, , July 25, 2000

Seven Days,“Intermission”, Vancouver Sun, July 6, 2000

Bryne Mclauglin, Intermission, Fast Forward Canadian Art Magazine, Spring, 2000

Robert Enright, “Master of the Overload”, Border Crossings, winter, 2000

Robert Reid, Anti-Aging, The Record, Review, March 30,2000

Clint Roenisch, Anti-Aging, Dan Kennedy & Homer Watson, Kitchener-Waterloo gallery, March 2000

John Massier,The Unreal Thing, Dan Kennedy, Catalogue Essay-Perpetual Crisis:New art for the end of the

century, Hamilton Artists Inc., July 1999

Anya Wassenberg, Anti-aging , Dan Kennedy & Homer Watson, Lola Magazine,  winter 2000

Mixlist,Dan Kennedy, Phantom Empire, MIX Magazine , spring 1999

Upcoming , Fugitive Lodge, Dan Kennedy, Parallelogram, Jan. 1993



Dan Kennedy



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