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Melbourne exhibition: Kennedy Nolan_a view

September 2, 2011

An exhibition of the built work and motivations that drive the practice of Melbourne architecture studio, Kennedy Nolan.

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The work of Kennedy Nolan Architects is the subject of an exhibition at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning this September.

Kennedy Nolan_a view is part of the ABP Alumni Retrospective Series. The exhibition features a large mural of black and white photographs of the practice’s built projects and a display of scale models of architectural walls. The installation reflects Kennedy Nolan’s interest in the art of the wall and the making of architecture: materiality, tactility, porosity, luminosity and visuality.

Established by Rachel Nolan and Patrick Kennedy in 1999, the duo describe themselves as “a design focused practice with a distinctive approach to built form and a strong connection to site”. Graphics and sculpture inform and are incorporated into their work and the practice constantly explores the possibilities for colour and materials to generate architectural elements.

“An exhibition is a way to reflect on work, but also an opportunity to interrogate both the conscious and unconscious motivations, tendencies and practices that inform this work. Design at kennedy nolan is generated by the optimistic precepts of modernism – rational, utilitarian, empowered by technology – and a positive view that the design and arrangement of spaces can support and reinforce relationships, can add piquancy and zest to life. Less tangibly, the practice is also compelled to distil the impalpable – to draw on the numinous reaches of memory, the evocative power of recognizing form, colour, texture and light, the resonance of shared memories, of history and landscapes.” – Kennedy Nolan

*Where* Wunderlich Gallery, Architecture Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville
*When* 5-30 September 2011
*Opening Night* Friday 9 September from 6pm

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