Educated through his international experiences rather than formal art training, American-Australian sculptor Kerry Cannon's hodge-podge of global influences coalesces with a biting sense of humor in his figurative bronzes. His series features archetypal and mythic characters with very minor coloration in more or less clearly defined settings. He manipulates scale and narrative continuity within his works, certain figures appearing multiple times as their actions unfold while others seem disproportionately small or bulbous. Meanwhile, others pose self-consciously, as if playfully showing off to the viewer.
The effect of Cannon's scenes is akin to glimpsing a stylized version of the world, an alternate version of our universe turned askew. Comedy is generally the dominant theme, pointing to the banality and absurd decorum of ritualistic everyday activities. There is also a tinge of tragedy to many of his characters, sad faces and lethargic postures that intimate self-awareness but also a lack of motivation to change. In such eloquent works, Kerry Cannon suggests we appreciate what is often taken for granted.