101 2nd Street: Mikey Kelly

SLATE is pleased to present works by Mikey Kelly at 101 2nd Street in San Francisco, on view now through January 6, 2022.

 

View by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact info@slateart.net or call 510-652-4085.

 

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

 

My process starts with the architecture of an analog program. I developed a design automation using polyalphabetic ciphers and numeric algorithmic systems that allow language based inputs to be translated into directional code. This code dictates the angles and color of each series of lines. The overlaying of color in subsequent layers causes the painting to shift and change with each addition, finally revealing itself upon completion.

 

The importance of the artist’s hand in the work is vital to its soul. This allows there to be a dialog between the artist and the material and allows for a direct influence on one another. Each piece starts with a framework of how it is going to be constructed, but through the process the piece evolves and changes. The repetitious elements build familiarity in process but also allows for the smallest variation in detail to magnify. Through a scientific and mathematical framework and simple repetition, the line transforms becoming a fabric, a network, and ultimately a construction.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

 

Mikey Kelly is a contemporary artist living and working in Napa, CA, he is best known for his abstract paintings, drawings, metal sculptures and murals. His work explores the use of cryptography, language and mathematics to design neurally and retinally challenging geometric abstractions. His interest in systems, patterns, color theory and visual perception are also evident in his work.


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