Based out of Sydney, Son has been a one man studio for more than half a decade. In his time as an object designer-maker he was never interested in solely creating works that were purely aesthetically pleasing. Rather, he was motivated to incorporate his artistic inclinations into pieces that could serve a functional, or more meaningful purpose for the consumer. Whether it be whiskey cups that looks like they were dreamt up by a futurist, or desk mirrors that would be artefacts of a dystopian society, Son’s pieces sits in a unique space – where it could be seen showcased mutually in either an exclusive gallery, or within the domestic setting of a modern home.
Having exhibited his works both locally and internationally, Kenny looks to continue his boundary pushing work into 2019. We caught up with the auteur of objects himself to talk everything Studiokyss.
I remember as a child, I always enjoyed building, forming or making Back then, I never even thought of doing what I am doing now. I played sports most of my early years. It was only after I finished high school that I really wanted to take the creative path.
I have never thought of myself as an artist. My intention is to make functional objects with a core basis of craftsmanship. Work that interacts with its surroundings, and the people. As an object maker, function & reason becomes as important as the aesthetics, vise-versa. A purely aesthetic object ends up being just art, which is not what I want. I want to be creating work that will interact with this world and for that to happen, the object needs purpose as much as it needs to be beautiful.
Work often starts off from my own interests. I try to make things that I need or want and eventually that leads to becoming the start of a new piece. Only when I have tried using my pieces, I will know what I need to work on, enough for me to get it out in public.
The aesthetic inspiration comes from my daily encounters. Shapes, lines and colours that I am attracted to on a daily basis. Furthermore on the subject of initial-steps, I think it is vital to be working or producing work that relate with your own interests for longevity and depth. It makes sense that the lifestyle of a practitioner should always relate to the work they create.
Both a challenge and benefit would be working on my own. You rely on no one but yourself. You are your own motivation. My belief is that, as an independent practitioner, this has to be treated like any other 9-5 job or perhaps even more. If this operates as a hobby or a side project, it will forever be that. Basically, lots of hours and a big heart dedicated to the practice.
It was just a really nice feeling. I always wanted to exhibit in my home country and to be able show content that I worked on during my 6 months stay in Korea made it even more worthwhile.
To survive in this field, I believe there are a number of factors that make it work:
First is an eye for detail. I truly believe that this is something that you either have or don’t (harsh, I know…).
Secondly, it comes from lots of hard work, in turn, lots of hours. The end result always does justice to how much hours you put into your own work.
Third is a bit of luck, which is probably something that you have no control over. But luck does not exists without the first two. If you keep believing and continue knocking, bit of luck will eventually come your way.
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