Monday, November 28, 2011

PATTY sneak peek

Here's our first promo pics for the May 2012 presentation of Patty.  Photographed & designed by Trevor Baker.  Art direction by Patrick Kennelly.  Enjoy.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Outer disciplinary : Cultivate - Create

Some stills from the "potluck" event U-N-M-A-R-K-E-D & Highways Performance Space hosted this past Saturday, November 19, 2011.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Looking for Lovborg

This video I designed for Zoe Aja Moore and Co.'s "Looking for Lovborg" (included as part of Redcat's Fall 2011 Studio series) features snippets from the following 25 films/videos:

13 Most Beautiful... Songs for Andy Warhol Screen Tests
9 1/2 Weeks
American Gigolo
Angels With Dirty Faces
The Blank Generation
Don't Look Back
East of Eden
The Filth and the Fury
The Fugitive Kind
Last Days
Le Cercle Rouge
Le Samourai
Mean Streets
My Own Private Idaho
The Public Enemy
Rebel Without a Cause
Rumble Fish
Thelma & Louise
Wall Street
When You're Strange
The Wild Angels
The Wild One
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" (music video)

Here's a description of "Looking for Lovborg":
"By exploding an isolated moment from the end of Act II of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, Zoe Aja Moore and her collaborators mine the play's latent themes of celebrity and mythology. Four actors explore the character of Lovborg and his inevitable crash into sober reality through a fragmented mash-up of text, video, gesture and the music of the Shangri-Las."

Friday, November 4, 2011

frame grabs - PHREEQUES! aka DE-ART(H)!! aka THE UNTITLED!!!

Some HD frame grabs (Canon 7D) from this past Saturday's (October 29, 2011) U-N-M-A-R-K-E-D event @ Highways. 4.5 hours of loudly perverse, chaotically sleazy, just plain Wrong Performance, Music, Installation, Video, Drinking, Smoking, Brawling... all evoking the mood of that period in film 1975-1985, when grindhouse became video nasty.

Stay tuned for more pics + a featurette about the event.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

GGW review on Tiny Mix Tapes

from a review of the new Captain Ahab video "Girls Gone Wild" on the site TINY MIX TAPES: 

"the track’s video, by Patrick Kennelly, is a textbook case of mincing and blending, going savage with visual cues and our music video expectations ... The result: a PCP-fueled rampage? A mind so wrecked it’s left with little more than static-distorted images of pornography and exploitation? Yes, please!"  

Read in full HERE.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Captain Ahab's "Girls Gone Wild" Video Premiere

Released online October 25 is the video I created for my good friends Captain Ahab's 6-year old! single "Girls Gone Wild."  Originally a tour projection, I repackaged it as a quickie stand-alone.

Captain Ahab tours Europe throughout November.  For dates, visit here.

And here's a backhanded compliment on Impose TV.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Construal and "The Self"

These 2 evenings of serendiptuous exchange between 9 artists and a small albeit committed audience displayed the power of exchange that can take place between artists on a durational frame.  MARIEL CARRANZA culled together a group that included myself, Asher Hartman, Dorian Wood, Rochelle Fab, Alejandra Herrera, Claudia Bucher, Carol McDowell, Dino Dinco, Kristina Faragher and Douglas Green.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

"MacBeth Witch..." @ Highways

Here are some quick pics from my performance this past Friday & Saturday, October 14 + 15 as part of Mariel Carranza's durational installation Construal and "The Self."  

Titled "MacBeth Witch by Shia LaBeouf as Performed by Marilyn Manson," it can be filed under any of the following genre headings: Celebrity Art, Shock Art, Graduate Thesis, Ironic Art, Outsider Art, Pop Art, Masturbation.

Another version of this work will be presented Nov. 19, 2011.  Details forthcoming...

Monday, October 10, 2011

LA County Arts Commission "Cultivate/Create" Initiative

I've been apart of Highways Performance Space for the past seven years. Throughout all the administration, curation, developing and presenting I have been apart of, I've found the space, after 22 years, to still be a vital part of the creative ecology of not only Los Angeles but far, far beyond. It's a kind of miracle that a place that has helped facilitate the dialogues of thousands of artists and their communities with no compromise still exists and maintains its relevance in our current day in age.

Recently, the L.A. County Arts Commission has provided Highways with a matching grant of $10,000 to initiate a new commissioning program. It’s all or nothing. If we don’t raise the $10,000, we don’t get the grant. To reach our goal, we’re seeking an additional boost from our current supporters and a commitment from those who’ve thought about but have never managed to donate in the past. If you’ve never pledged before, anything from $10 to $10,000 will help us reach our goal. If you HAVE, then think about giving $50 instead of $25.

That additional $25 dollars a year will go directly towards an ambitious new commissioning program. For its pilot phase, I'm bringing together a collective of artists from a range of disciplines and communities in order to undertake a project that investigates the nature of collaboration and the range of new tools and techniques in performance – both in a sense of artistic aesthetic and community.

This project, entitled PATTY, is an "outer-disciplinary" Pop! musical event.  Utilizing a cast of performers who identify as “Woman," it questions what “Woman” represents in a modern culture where one’s sense of self has become split across a multitude of both physical and virtual spatial platforms, most of which are mediated by the Male gaze. Where is the literal site of female/feminine identity within the psychological trauma of memory, celebrity, and politics across these landscapes? 

The material will be principally derived from the real lives and fictional myths of historical and pop-cultural iconoclasts Patty Duke and Patty Hearst. Their stories, particularly within the context of the social upheavals of the 1960s/70s, reflect a tension-filled realm that encapsulates the gulf between a Woman’s projected identity and her private, “real” identity.

This project will bring together a bounty of innovative artists from the worlds of music, video art, dance, theater, and fashion in Los Angeles in the creation of a work the likes of which you've never seen before.

Here's a profile of the project on the Los Angeles Art Commission's website.

As of today, we're about 60% to our goal. You can push us further via a tax-deductible donation you will have my undying love and support till the end of time! (plus more benefits you can check out HERE!). 

Sunday, October 9, 2011


A frame grab from an aspect of the projection component of my upcoming solo "MacBeth Witch by SHia LaBeouf as Performed by Marilyn Manson."  A workshop version will be premiere this upcoming Friday & Saturday, October 14 & 15 as part of Mariel Carranza's Construal and "The Self" @ Highways Performance Space.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

PHREEQUES! aka DE-ART(H)!! aka THE UNTITLED!!! trailer!!!!!!!!

Here's the tease I edited for U-N-M-A-R-K-E-D's anti-art-house of horrors - This upcoming Halloween weekend, Saturday, October 29 @ 9pm:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

U-N-M-A-R-K-E-D Creations

Visit the brand new website for U-N-M-A-R-K-E-D by clicking here & RSVP for "Special Features" admission to the kick-off event, PHREEQUES! aka DE-ART(H)!! aka THE UNTITLED!!! on October 29 @ Highways Performance Space.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

MacBeth Witch by Shia LaBeouf as performed by Marilyn Manson

I'll be premiering a workshop version of my first solo performance work in about 6 years as part of Mariel Carranza's "Construal and "the Self""@ Highways Performance Space on October 14 + 15.