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James Kennedy: Where art meets architecture (and a lot of blue tape)

VIDEO (right): ChelseaGallerista interviews James Kennedy in his studio (2:55 min)
"I go through a tone of blue tape. It takes almost as long to mask up a painting as to paint it."

James Kennedy is my latest favorite "local" artist.

I say favorite, because I love practically every piece on his website. Flipping through his work is like looking through a kaleidoscope of color, line, form and some pretty deep cuts with an Exacto knife.

I say "local," because I stumbled across him as normally I would, doing my Thursday night rounds of Chelsea gallery openings (when I can get out of work on time).

I think I must have spent at least an hour or more in his modest workroom on a high floor in a Chelsea artists' labyrinth, going from painting to painting and back again, mesmerized by the studied surface treatment of sharp cuts, raised dots and crackled textures and wonderful jigsaw-like pieces of pure color. The word "architecture" springs to mind. Y…