Linden EXTRA with

Kenny Pittock

Kenny Pittock was recently included in the 30th Birthday Celebration exhibition, a group show of new work by artists who had been awarded prizes in the Linden Postcard Show. Kenny works across ceramic sculpture, drawing and painting. His humorous and playful work responds to contemporary Australian culture and celebrates the mundane.

We recently caught up with Kenny in his studio to find out more about his practice and the work he has been making recently. 

I predominantly work with ceramics, painting and wordplay to celebrate and scrutinise contemporary culture. Often my work draws upon nostalgia to playfully engage with the mundane every day.

I love storytelling and really like when artworks have a narrative, so
I draw a lot of inspiration from
stand-up comedy, song lyrics, books and movies. I also draw a lot of inspiration from public transport, and from many years spent in part time jobs including working at a fish’n’chip shop and pushing trolleys at a supermarket.

When I was in high school I found a big book on the artist Tracey Moffatt and fell in love with her Scarred For Life series. This work showed me it was possible to combine image and text in a really powerful way. It also walks the line of being very serious but also darkly funny, while putting a spotlight on the hidden tragedies of suburbia. It’s probably my favourite artwork.

Often my work uses humour and one of my favourite things is hearing people laughing in an art gallery.

I find that listening to podcasts works best for me during the making part of my practice, and listening to music works best for me during the thinking part of my practice.

I’m always listening to something while I work - podcasts, music, sometimes it’s just the birds outside my window, and sometimes it’s my neighbour revving his motorbike in his garage for no apparent reason for hours at a time. At the start of Melbourne’s first lockdown I moved out of my studio and into working from home. My workspace is in a few different sections- a clay area, a drawing area, a storage area and an area to photograph artworks. I also have my kiln so I keep that area pretty clear.

Hopefully my work engages people and leaves them feeling more uplifted than before they saw it.

I’ve got a few little projects in the works but one thing I’m particularly excited this year is making a new series of larger scale sculptures out of bronze.

creating certainty

Dr Marion Piper's essay Creating Certainty explores her response to seeing art in real life in January, when she visited the Linden Postcard Show 2020-21.
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30th birthday artists in their studio

Stunning studio photographs by Theresa Harrison accompanied by a series of reflections from the artists, providing new insights into their practice.

Hedy Ritterman

I see death and the passage of time as a natural part of life and want to engage in ideas about the power of loss ..
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Kenny Pittock

Often my work draws upon nostalgia to playfully engage with the mundane every day .+ Read more


My creative process becomes a meditative act in itself…drawing me into the moment of self-forgetting ...
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Prudence Flint

I paint mainly women in interiors. I want to create a recognisable intensity and intimacy ...
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William Eicholtz

I hope viewers experience Joy in the sensuality of the elaborate and boldly theatrical, and surprise at the allure of this artifice ...
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the Behind the scenes
of our current shows

Ash Keating

In 2020 I decided to use the strange year and lockdowns as an opportunity to experiment with textures and mark making which I had long been hoping to find time to explore ...
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Troy Emery

I very briefly studied fashion and considered it as a career, which certainly shaped my approach to making work ...
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Nicholas Folland

My work responds to both the domestic and to natural environments, often looking for a point where these two areas collide or come into conflict ...
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What's coming
next at Linden

22 May 2021 > 22 August 2021

Ruth Höflich

To Feed your Oracle

Ruth Höflich is an artist and filmmaker, born in Munich, Germany, and currently based in Melbourne. In an installation of video, photography and site intervention, To Feed Your Oracle will explore how we might understand, or predict, things that we can’t see and how our expectations might affect how we experience the unknown.
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Vipoo Srivalasa

Wellness Deity

Vipoo Srivilasa is a Thai-born Melbourne-based artist, curator and arts activist. This exhibition will present the Wellness Deity Project, which Srivilasa undertook in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This collaborative, community-driven project invited people to submit a drawing of their Wellness Deity, a being that has a special empowering or protective power.

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Natasha Bieniek

Natasha Bieniek is best-known for her miniature oil paintings. Bieniek’s paintings are meticulous in their execution and demand close inspection. They link the ancient tradition of 16th century miniature painting with present-day image culture.

This exhibition brings together a suit of recent works that have not been seen together before, including Bieniek’s stand out painting, Biophilia, which was the winner of the Wynne Prize in 2015.

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Things to explore in our Local Neighbourhood to enhance your next visit to St Kilda and the gallery.
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Linden Contemporaries

A recap of recent Linden Contemporaries adventures exploring some of the best private art collections in Melbourne.
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Thank you!

We look forward to welcoming you at the gallery soon to see our latest series of solo exhibitions by leading mid-career artists.
> Troy Emery's Sonder
> Nicholas Folland's Burn Down the House
> Ash Keating's Duality.

If you would like to find out more about these exceptional artists, book into a Meet the Artist session to hear from them what drives their practice and what inspires their creativity.

I would like to offer my thanks to Creative Victoria for the additional funding to support this new initiative and to the fabulous team at Linden who have worked behind the scenes to create Linden Extra.

Melinda Martin
March 2021

Q&A by Juliette Hanson | Editing: Juliette Hanson & Chloé Hazelwood | Design: Mathieu Vendeville