Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Ceramics Ryan W. Kelly is exhibiting work at Method Gallery in Seattle through Feb. 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 Jan. 29 and Feb. 6 at Method Gallery, 106 3rd Avenue South, Seattle. The gallery and exhibition are free and open to the public.
Kelly holds a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts/Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute and an Master's degree in Fine Arts 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.