I have a few installation shots that I’ll try to add at some point. I think people can kind of get the idea that the paintings carry on to the wall in strange ways. It’s pretty elaborate. The sides of the canvas are painted as well. So the paintings have a front, a side and then can carry on to the wall or floor as line, shape, plane or mark. Sometimes Kelley’s using paint, sometimes tape, sometimes painted wood. Then the ways that each individual painting start to carry over on to the wall start to overlap each other.
Kelley’s paintings have always seemed really connected to architecture to me. Even straightforward paintings have given me a feeling of space and view similar to the way I feel looking at certain frescoes and murals, especially Venetian, and especially works that are hung high or even on the ceiling. There’s just a vastness, a playful illusionistic quality and a certain difficulty that seems really specific to those historical works, regardless of techniques or stylistic devices he’s using. These paintings seem to me to confirm that feeling.
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[…] St. Louis have always been high-impact and worthy of more attention. His September 2014 show of new paintings at the Greenlease Gallery on the campus of Rockhurst University in Kansas City upped the ante aesthetically once again. So naturally I upped the pressure on Kelley to do […]