Artist Talk on Friday, April 10,
2015, 3-4pm followed by opening reception,
4-6pm. Artist Ross C. Kelly will be in
attendance will be in attendance at both events.
We are very pleased to present Hiding
in Plain Sight, the second solo exhibition
of Ross C. Kelly’s photographic works at Art
Beatus (Vancouver) Consultancy Ltd as part of Capture
Photography Festival. This exhibition
features all new photographic work drawn from three
separate but complimentary projects. The work
represents a continuing enquiry into the nature of the
spaces we inhabit, how they are interconnected and how
we, as individuals, read these landscapes and
integrate ourselves into them.
The first series stems from the artist’s previous
work, using his own strongly regimented form of
photomontage to integrate different times and
conditions into our reading of urban spaces.
These works are composed of hundreds or thousands of
manually collaged photographs and represent a much
richer description of a place than can be attempted
with a traditional, single frame photograph.
The second series integrates imagery and text in a way
that overwhelms the notion of landscape with multiple
meanings and layers of interpretation. Borrowing
from the practice of traditional Chinese landscape
painting, Kelly uses a device known as a
colophon - an area of text attached to the beginning
or the end of a scroll painting - to enrich the
viewers’ understanding of the image.
Traditionally, the painter, or his/her peers, would
use this space to add their impressions of what the
meaning of the image was or how it should be
read. These impressions often took the form of
poetic statements or simple comments. In this
new body of work, Kelly has taken images from
various locations and subjected them to a period of
intense literary research, culling passages from an
exhaustive list of historic and contemporary literary
texts, novels, poems, academic papers on painting, the
landscape, photography, anthropology, economics and
geography to name but a few. These references
are then presented alongside the image as a kind of
indexical manual for the many ways to interpret it.
The final series employs an alternative use of the
panorama, presented in a series of diptychs, in an
attempt to draw the viewer beyond the edge of
the image and examine the connections between
spaces. In this work, the artist borrows the
well used framing system of the panorama and turns it
on its head, playing with the familiar vernacular of
street photography but topping each scene off with a
tall expanse of sky. The images tap into a
frequently used cinematic device wherein the camera
pans upwards from one scene before cutting to
another. These works are displayed as diptychs
in an attempt to question the differences between
spaces and the invisible threads of past and present
that connect them.
Born in Ireland, Ross C. Kelly studied geology
at the London Imperial College of Science, Technology
and Medicine and Psychology at the American College in
Dublin before earning a diploma in photography and a
postgraduate diploma in art history from the
University of British Columbia. Kelly is
presently a candidate in the low residence MAA program
at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. His
photo-based work has been exhibited in various
galleries throughout Canada, Ireland, the UK, Turkey,
Tokyo, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
For more information, please visit our website at www.artbeatus.com
or call the gallery at 1 (604) 688-2633.
Art Beatus, with a location in
Vancouver, Canada and two locations in Hong Kong,
showcases international art with a focus on
contemporary Chinese art. Art Beatus (Vancouver) is
located in the Nelson Square Office Tower at 108 – 808
Nelson Street in Vancouver, BC.
Art Beatus (Vancouver) Consultancy Ltd. is open Monday
to Friday, 10am-6pm and is closed on weekends and
holidays. Underground and street parking is available.
For more information, please contact Media
Relations, Tamla Mah or Ellinda Siu by email:
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