DALLAS, TX.- PDNB Gallery
is presenting Tom Kennaugh's first Texas solo exhibition. The exhibition features his collage works mostly produced in the last few years.
Kennaugh studied art and anthropology in Washington State, receiving a BA in Anthropology at Eastern Washington University. He later moved to Columbus, Ohio to establish himself as an artist. Once immersed in the art community in Columbus he acted as a private dealer promoting and selling work by Columbus Outsider artists: Smokey Brown, William Hawkins and Elijah Pierce. He also sold 19th and 20th Century photography, which reflected his interest in collecting vernacular photography starting with acquiring Daguerreotypes. He began to use photographs in his artwork at this time.
Kennaugh then discovered paintings by Stanley Twardowicz , a noted Abstract Expressionist painter, and photographer based in Long Island. A mentorship ensued and Kennaugh began to produce paintings and collages intensely.
He also took photography classes from the well-known photographer, James Friedman, which started a lifetime friendship.
The exhibition collages are dense compositions of various sizes using cutouts taken from his now immense archive of old postcards and vernacular photography.
Kennaugh also collected antique mechanical devices while working at antique shops at various points in his career. He created collages, sculpture, jewelry using these components like watch and clock gears, antique light bulbs, old maps, skull forms and a menagerie of curious forgotten mechanical parts.
When he first started showing these creations he was told that they have a certain Steampunk style, contemporary works that celebrate the fantasy world of "Victorian Futurism". This style has manifested into film, artwork, toys, design and animation.
In the last few years the Steampunk influence has taken a more prominent role in some of Kennaugh's work. A composite of photographs of antique parts, maps, anatomical figures are mixed together to create a more dominant theme. Other collages work independent of the Steampunk influence.
More than twenty collages and sculptures being exhibited this summer, through August 3, 2013.