Minneapolis

Shannon Kennedy

Franklin Art Works

FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, Shannon Kennedy's work has focused on the body, scrutinizing its surfaces in search of the secret logic of identity embodied in flesh. In the mid-'90s, Polaroid self-portraits featuring abstracted images of the artist's face gave way to sprawling collages pieced together from repeated photographs of a single body part—an ear, armpit, forearm, and so forth. For a 1999 piece, Building 4 (soap factory), Kennedy used a tiny video camera, designed to enable examination of the digestive tract, to explore the cracks, crevices, and dusty comers of an aging building. Here she uncovered a fascinating landscape of gritty minutiae that serves as proxy for the body but is invisible to the naked eye.

Kennedy's current installation at Franklin Art Works, Untitled #3, 2000, is a tightly crafted seven-minute video loop of footage culled from hours of data gathered as she rode

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