Ryan W. Kelly "A Forest for the Trees" at Method Gallery

A giant head of Ryan Kelly. Behind are carnivalesque caricatures of animals, demons, witches

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Ceramics Ryan W. Kelly is exhibiting work at Method Gallery in Seattle through February 15.

The exhibition, “A Forest for the Trees” features Kelly’s fantastical, dream-like, and larger than life creations – carnivalesque heads, Jungian bestiary, and surreal self-portraiture. In his artist’s statement, Kelly says of his work: “This is not an elegant metaphor.  This is not an Ode to a Grecian Urn.  This is my ham-fisted dream interpretation.”

Kelly will give presentations about his work on January 29 and February 6 at Method Gallery, 106 3rd Avenue South, Seattle. The gallery and exhibition are free and open to the public.

About Ryan W. Kelly

Ryan W. Kelly holds a BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from The Ohio State University.  His work ranges from performance and video to object-based installations.  He draws inspiration from American mythology, historical inaccuracies and the curious story telling that finds its way into our material culture and decorative arts.  He celebrates the myopic strangeness often preserved in our souvenirs, monuments and commemorations.

About Method Gallery

Founded in 2013, METHOD is a non-profit, volunteer artist-run exhibition space that exhibits art that is experimental, forward-thinking, unconventional, and predominantly based in sculpture, installation, new media, and/or performance. METHOD is not a commercial gallery, nor an on-site studio space and it is not a cooperative gallery.

Ryan W. Kelly's head as he imagines it to be. A doily around his neck.
A rougues gallery of Jungian busts. Not an ode an a Grecian Urn.

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Jan 23, 2020 4:30am