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Kyle Jenkins Enigmatic Reductive Dialogue

Written by Dr Billy Gruner - Modern Art Projects, Sydney Jan 2017.

The current Position Point collaged / reductive painting works of Kyle Jenkins reflect directly upon the significant post-punk influences on his life where his DIY underground aesthetic meets rigid visual art conceptual intention. He is a contemporary artist whose practice broaches both his visual art and growing musical career in the band, Suicide Swans. For every exhibition involving his Position Point paintings he draws upon a particular musician/band as their aesthetic creativity / artistic decisions become a signifier for the intention of the paintings through a type of visual collaboration between Jenkins and for this series of paintings at Alexandra Lawson Gallery the American underground cult band The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

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Dear Punk

I love you

February 2017

Written by Tarn McLean


Punk Rock is a music genre formed in the early 1970’s by British and American bands including the Sex Pistols, Patti Smith and The Ramones. Their DIY approach to music production resulted in recordings that sounded fragmented, loud and disruptive with ironically violent undertones. These bands were made up of members who sought to react to the mainstream rock of the late sixties, reexamining the media’s control of the performers identity; punk sought to eliminate the notion of the sixties ‘rock star’ and its corporate marketing device that linked rock music to its audience, consequentially rejecting its commercialization. As American artist and writer Dan Graham stated, Punk Rock set out to deliberately undermine liberal society’s assumptions.[1] These musician’s sought to appear ambiguously fascist, writing lyrics that expressed disgust for a capitalist consumer culture but were ultimately misinterpreted by the media as a literal advocation towards violence.


[1] Graham, D. Rock My Religion: The End Of Liberalism 1993. P. 77

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