Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The powerball's in your court

Hi, here's a new ceramic sculpture called Powerball.
Powerball. Acrylic on earthenware ceramic. 19 x 11 x 3.5cm. 2019.
This work was inspired by an unclaimed winning Powerball ticket that was sold by my local newsagent 6 months ago. Ever since I heard the news I've dreamed of finding it.

I work in a supermarket car park pushing trolleys and check all the scraps of paper I find in the hope that I'll hit the jackpot.
 My fear though is that one day I will find the winning Powerball ticket but a snail will have beaten me to it and gobbled it up.

 is a playful response to the notion that entering into a power struggle with nature is never going to end well. We're always taught to gamble responsibly but to ignore our planets warnings is a gamble none of us should be willing to take.

In very exciting news, Powerball has been selected as a finalist in the upcoming R&M McGivern Painting Prize, opening this Thursday November 28th. Come along!

The theme for this years prize is Anthropocene, and I'm very proud to be exhibiting my work alongside so many great artists.

Here's the full list of finalists. 
Last weekend I was invited to talk about the McGivern exhibition on the radio! When I arrived at the radio station a person at reception looked at his clipboard and asked me quite genuinely "Are you Keith Haring?" I said "oh, nope, that's a different artist. My name's Kenny".

Anyway so it's very exciting to have my work be in the running for a prize tomorrow night but no matter what happens I've just been confused for Keith Haring so I already feel like a winner.

And just incase my Powerball sculpture doesn't win the McGivern tomorrow night I've decided that tomorrow morning I'm going to buy an actual powerball ticket to increase my chances of coming out on top. I'll let you know if I win the 2.8 million. Wish me luck!

In the meantime though thanks heaps for reading, hope you're really well and to finish up here's a photo of myself with fellow McGivern finalist, the great painter Nadine Christensen, having just been interviewed by Joy FM host David Hunt.

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