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Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture: Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley

February 25, 2014 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 pm

Since 2008, the New York-based artist, poet, filmmaker, set designer, and costume maker Mary Reid Kelley has occupied a distinct niche within the contemporary art world, creating and acting in short, performative videos. Revealing her creative styling and intellectual mischief-making, these unique videos typically demonstrate a monochromatic palette, artist-designed sets and costumes, and rhythmic and pun-filled verses articulated by the protagonist.

Composed of live action and stop-motion animation, the South Carolina native’s narrative videos present historical or myth-based stories. At the center of each is a main character or narrator played by Reid Kelley, who appears costumed, bewigged, and practically unrecognizable, her face painted white with features defined in black. A trained painter, Reid Kelley creates all of her costumes, props, and sets in black and white, creating a kind of three-dimensional drawing. Everything is drawn and painted, and intended to look so.

Aesthetically, the works draw inspiration from such varied materials as newspaper comic strips and Futurist manifestos, and artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Fernand Léger, while intellectually, sources range from poetry to philosophy to history.

Reid Kelley’s collaborator and partner is Patrick Kelley, who digitally assembles elements shot on green screen. An interest in perception, language and nature informs Patrick’s artwork, which ranges in form from flipbooks to interactive installations.

Mary Reid Kelley graduated with an MFA from Yale University in 2009. Select solo exhibitions include The Box at Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; Salina Art Center, Salina, KS; Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY; and Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Los Angeles, CA. Patrick Kelley graduated with an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Select exhibitions include American Academy in Rome; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany; and Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN.

An endowment established in 1983 through the generosity of Nancy and Robin Hanes supports the Art Department’s Visiting Artist Series. This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our M.F.A. students.  The Hanes Visiting Artist series greatly enriches both our academic programs and our outreach to the wider community.  All lectures are free and open to the public.

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Image credit: Still from The Syphilis of Sisyphus, 2011, HD video with sound, courtesy of the artist


February 25, 2014
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
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