Kenny Laurenson has been involved in art, design, music and photography since graduating from London’s Ravensbourne School of Art in 1987. His photomontage series ‘Statuesque’ expresses his long fascination with perception. “Statues in cities are almost invisible yet they depict powerful stories and characters from an era when visual information was so rare. Statues have gravity, beauty, craft and hold an eternal value. I endeavour to bring them new context, new life, new perspective”. Laurenson takes a traditional dark room approach, a crafted ‘dodge and burn’ technique, utilising digital technology. Artworks are available as archival reverse prints onto aluminium or digital c-type prints all of exceptional quality.
Kenny Laurenson’s artworks are about rediscovery, finding and exploring a new 21st century perspective. Taking something so essentially three dimensional and reinterpreting it in two dimensions required me to bring more than a single dimension to an image. There is no true symmetry in Kenny Laurenson’s art. As in the human face, perfect symmetry holds no beauty, and so he twists and balance his imagery in photomontage to create a harmony whilst retaining the compelling nature of a symmetrical first impression.
“The satisfaction I felt when first creating the photomontages in this series reminded me of my childhood and treasured kaleidoscope. The toy kaleidoscope is a marvel as it enables a new and compelling perspective on something possibly familiar or ordinary. The first thing we do after looking at something through a kaleidoscope is to look again at the subject without the kaleidoscope, as if to rediscover the subject, and see it anew. This simple psychology is essential to my work… I endeavour to create images that demand more than a glance.” – Kenny Laurenson
Ravensbourne College of Art & Design, London 1987 BA Hons
Piper Building Arts, London 2015
509 Gallery, Los Angeles 2010
Multipazz Gallery London 2002