Coby Kennedy, American
Coby Kennedy is an American artist living and working in New York City. His work deals with often unspoken and unaddressed dynamics of modern social entitlement, problematics of self image and concepts of history repeating itself through the ever present faults of humanity.
Kennedy uses the communication tools of advertising and the entertainment industry; his paintings, videos and sculptures hint at unspoken truths, the culture of veiled intent and questions of subjective realities. The work touches on Kurzweilian issues of ‘The Singularity’, as well as exploring often overlooked global issues of social class, power and influence as it exists today, has existed in the past, and as it will exist tomorrow. A strong thread in his work is the exploration of the human tendency to build empire on the foundation of mythology/theology. Juxtaposing the past of power, control and privilege to its present in order to predict its future, Kennedy’s work deals with often unspoken and unaddressed dynamics of media’s influence on modern social entitlement and the problematics of self-image.
Coby Kennedy is a Columbia University MFA graduate, industrial conceptual designer and 2011 Skowhegan Fellow, Coby Kennedy has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, as well as in Japan, South Africa, and Europe. He has received the Civil Society Institute Fellowship, the One World Award, as well as International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers, Zurich Switzerland and the Gold Camera Award, US International Film & Video Festival for his collaborative film works. A Pratt Institute Industrial Design undergraduate, his fine art and design work has been showcased and reviewed in publications including The New York Times, Italy’s La Repubblica, Hyperallergic and Japan’s Car Styling Magazine. Recent creative collaborations have included Kohler, Honda, Sony Japan and Italy’s Ferrari S.p.A.