An unrealised instruction intended for exhibition (Altered). Instruction for Cleo Barnett to compile and display ‘street art’ (Nov 29, 2015, 8:27 PM).

(Instruction for exhibition to be undertaken while living in New York City, New York. This is an instruction intended for Cleo Barnett, to choose and display found parts of an experienced city, fragments of physical everyday surroundings, giving form to what another has been exposed to, within the instructed parameters of an artist located in Auckland, New Zealand.)


This first section is to be completed over five consecutive days. (‘Typical’ working week)

Exhibition of resulting ‘work’ should be discussed and determined with the artist.

Prior to exhibition:

  • Each day collect seven objects from the ground, during your regular route. (eg: cement/asphalt/stone/rock/metal/plastic/seed/bark/wood/paper/glass etc.) 

  • Keep the seven objects from each day in a found bag, please document the general location and date each selection of the seven found objects.

  • Keep the collection, of the seven objects in five bags, in one found box that is to be dated with the five consecutive days. (Add any notes you wish to make.)

  • Any documentation of this process will be appreciated.

Work description:

  • The artist is to be described as J.A. Kennedy. Auckland, New Zealand, b. 1987.

  • The title will be determined by the days you choose to collect, with the collection dates in brackets, including the notation, 'as seen by Cleo Barnett' (eg: “S.M.T.W.T. Nov 30 - Dec 3, 2015, as seen by Cleo Barnett”)

  • The mediums will be determined by the materials that you have chosen.  

  • The size will be described as variable. 

  • The ’price’ (if any) of the work, in its entirety’ will be determined you. Although this should be based on visual cues from your surroundings while collection of objects is taking place. (Instructions are open source, but to be noted as J.A. Kennedy) 

During the exhibition:

  • The results of this collection will be placed in a row, with each days findings place together, the objects will be arranged from biggest to smallest on top of each other, with bag underneath each pile, with consecutive days creating a chronological row.

  • The found box will be present in the room.

  • These objects should be placed on a found/borrowed unpainted table, plinth, the ground, or on a corresponding street corner that is noted and described as part of the exhibition text that also includes these instructions.  

  • Final work to be documented photographically; first, with no context to surroundings; second, context of surroundings; x2 variations with people during opening. 

After the Exhibition:

  • Once the exhibition is finished the items will be placed back into the bags and back into the box and be stored until collected.    

  • Any documentation of this process and place of storage will be appreciated.



Please ask any questions you may have.  

J.A.Kennedy