Joel Kern (JKDS)

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︎ Identity
︎ Platform
︎ Media
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This website contains the visual outcomes from the hybrid practice of Joel Kern. These works include in-progress and completed projects from various points in his career. Works included are from his tenure at Krewe, MTWTF, as well as freelance and self-authored works over the past 10 years. 

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Parks United PVD

Client: Sef-Authored
Collaborators: JKDS
Status: Complete
Year: 2019
Tag: Enviornmental, Platform
Once comfortable in our nearby physical places we often become complacent, forgetting to explore the other public spaces around us. After a weekend of research visiting dozens of parks1 throughoutNew York City, I began to realize how siloed we are in the spaces most convenient to us. Each park embodies the characteristics of its surrounding neighborhood. These characteristics are helpful in understanding the

local neighborhoods that make up our larger urban community. So, in an attempt to create exploration between neighborhoods andcommunities I created Parks United in my current place of residence: Providence.

Parks United is a ten-character (P-R-O-V-I-D-E-N-C-E) word puzzle distributed over ten parks throughout the Providence area. Each park contains a letter to help complete the word. The word puzzle encourages people to visit different neighborhood parks throughout the city while meeting new people, exploring new places, and connecting through its public spaces.

Each letter poster was hand painted2 on a 3’ x 4’ yellow fold-able cardboard panel3 with the name of the park its order in the word puzzle.