kennardphillipps | Artist Interview | Hang Ten
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kennardphillipps | Artist Interview | Hang Ten

May 29, 2018

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.

kennardphillips outside their solo show 'Blue Murder' at Hang-Up Gallery, 2013

kennardphillips outside their solo show 'Blue Murder' at Hang-Up Gallery, 2013

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.

Profit poster with Flying Leaps pasted next to Jeremey Deller's poster

Profit poster with Flying Leaps pasted next to Jeremey Deller's poster

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.

Sneak peak of work ahead of Hang-Ten

Sneak peak of work ahead of Hang-Ten

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.

First look at 'America's Greatest Hits' at the artists' studio

First look at 'America's Greatest Hits' at the artists' studio

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.

More work in progress at kennardphillips' studio

More work in progress at kennardphillips' studio

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.

kennardphillips installation at Glastonbury Shangri-La in 2016

kennardphillips installation at Glastonbury Shangri-La in 2016

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.

Shove installed at Banksy's Dismaland, 2015

Shove installed at Banksy's Dismaland, 2015

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.

Photo Op by kennardphillips, 2007.

Photo Op by kennardphillips, 2007.

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