CONNERSMITH. is pleased to present Benjamin Kelley's first solo exhibition with the gallery. In this new body of works the artist alters forms and fabricates structures to re-contextualize found objects, including a prison shank and a 1971 Chrysler Newport auto body. As Kelley deploys the historical and emotional content of his materials in a critique of industrial America, he engages with the theme of violence expressed in Francisco Goya's 19th-century print series, "Disasters of War." Kelley's sculptures evoke the timelessness of still moments immediately preceding or following violent encounters. As he explains, "When confronted by an inescapable threat, the ancient autonomic system of both humans and animals responds with immobilization. A state of such paralysis transcends evolutionary perspectives leaving evidence in gray."
There will be an opening night reception at CONNERSMITH. on Saturday, February 9th from 6 - 8pm.
Artist in attendance.