Melbourne-based artist, Kenny Pittock’s humorous and at times poetic works combine ceramics, drawing and text that capture his observations of everyday life. As much to sustain his art practice as well as being the inspiration for his creativity, Pittock has worked at Casey Central supermarket for many years making sketches based upon his daily experiences and collecting shopping lists for his current work.
The key work in this exhibition, Fifty two found shopping lists written by people who need milk began "During my shift working in the dairy section at a supermarket in 2003 the manager told me that milk is generally the last thing a shopper will get before leaving the store and so it's also the place they abandon their shopping lists. Part of my job was to dispose of the abandoned lists but instead I started collecting them. The 52 lists I've replicated here through kiln fired ceramics and painting all feature milk, and were all found during the weekend of April 22-24, 2016, while working at Casey Central collecting trolleys. Each list functions as both a poem and a portrait, offering a glimpse into the people we pass in the supermarket."
This series of eramic reproductions that reveal every crease and paper fold, range from methodically typed columns to scribbled and scratched items written on the back of envelopes, note pads and crumbled and torn paper scraps. Presented together they are unexpectedly captivating items that poignantly capture a snapshot of everyday life.
Fifty two found shopping lists written by people who need milk won the acquisitive emerging artist category in the 2017 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize and is being loaned to Bunjil Place Gallery as part of his new exhibition. This will be the first time the work has been shown in Melbourne and will be presented alongside new works inspired by his experiences at Casey Central.
Image: Kenny PITTOCK, Fifty two found shopping lists written by people who need milk 2017, acrylic on kiln fired ceramic. Collection of Redlands Catholic School, Cremorne, New South Wales. Acquired through the 2017 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize. Photography courtesy of the artist.