With only a little over 3 weeks to go until our Hang-Ten birthday launch party, we bring you the next artist interview with the politically active duo, kennardphillips.
HU: Our first memory of you both was listening to you shout ‘Fuck the Tories!’ down a voice recorder during an interview in your studio ahead of your Blue Murder solo show. What's your first memory of Hang-Up?
KP: Finding something to do while waiting for breakfast at the Z Bar.
HU: Can you remember the first piece of artwork you made that solidified your path as artists? What was it?
KP: When I was 9, smudging my painting of a phone box that I’d spent hours working on slitting open the base of my clown punch ball to see how come it kept bouncing back at me, age 4.
HU: You'll be creating some new and unseen works for Hang-Ten to which we're very excited about. Can you give us a sneaky insight into what you're working on for the show?
KP: America’s Greatest Hits.
HU: You're very politically motivated with balls of steel and a side of humour, which are some of the best things about working with you. What’s the best thing about working with Hang-Up?
KP: You always let us do what we want and pretend you like it.
HU: There are ten artists displaying in Hang-Ten - all very different in techniques and concepts. If you could collaborate with one artist in the show, who would it be and why?
KP: We hate collaboration which is the tragedy of our collaboration.
HU: The last ten years of Hang-Up have been filled with plenty of peaks (and a few troughs that we can now laugh at...!) What's the last ten years been like for you two? Can you name a few key moments?
KP: Got older and more senile. Takes the worry out of work.
HU: Can you describe a specific work, series, exhibition and/or collaboration you have been most proud of?
KP: We’re not proud of anything we’ve done but we’re having a great trip man.
HU: We'd have to say a favourite time with you was having the opportunity to exclusively launch ‘Shove’ – A limited edition based on your large installation at Banksy’s Dismaland. Can you name your favourite Hang-Up moment?
KP: Coming in the gallery and seeing all those smiling faces.
HU: We certainly have a few goals for the next few years - one includes world domination. What's the goal for the next 10 years?
KP: Get a job.