Cathy Busby/Garry Neill Kennedy

July 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Cathy Busby, NEW!, 2006 Latex and oil on canvas, 4/8 30.6 x 40.5 cm

Signs Taken for Wonders is the title of a book of literary criticism by Franco Moretti, but it also serves as a good description of what unites the practices of Cathy Busby and Garry Neill Kennedy. Both artists combine found objects with abstraction, working to expose the socio-political content of cultural forms. The methods they use are at complementary cross-purposes: Busby strives to elevate ephemeral materials to the status of art, while Kennedy contrives to contaminate the histories of minimalism and abstraction with news of the everyday.

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