“Gold Medal for Excellence” Image courtesy of the artist.
Forming several parts mathematician, lighting designer, pipe-fitter, forager, carpenter, photographer, painter and sculptor, the artist Justin Barrie Kelly is all parts creative genius.
In “Wickedly Welsh”, meet a chameleon who possesses a coveted skill-set that ranks supreme.
THE GREAT SCULPTORS
A hybrid Yamaha cum rocking horse, conjoined Vespas sprout like buds on a flower. A Volkswagen Beetle rolls itself into a ball.
Artists have hit the metal on the autobahn of high-performance imagination.
Have sculptors gone off the deep end?
Are these displays of fetish?
Or flights of fancy?
In the end, who really cares?
Image courtesy of Ken Kelleher
Just say Shazam!
“Saturday night I was down town
Working for the F.B.I
Sitting in a nest of bad men
Whiskey bottles piling high…”
– from “Long Cool Woman” by The Hollies
Collage on paper (2018) 19 x 21 in.
“In a portentous display of vocal showmanship, the parrots impersonate Andrea Bocelli cleverly intoning ‘Amazing Grace'”
Collage on paper (2020) 20 x 18 in.
Inspired by her reading of “Love in the Time of Cholera” by author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, this artist found a parallel running through both Covid and cholera; while death appears as a main character in the unfolding drama of life, this collagist takes affront and reasserts L-I-F-E in classic Marquezian style.
Q.: What happens when gross understatement meets high hyperbole?