ABOUT

 

 

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Experimentation drives my creative process - each day brings another layer of revisioning in the studio. As a photographer, I prefer to use old Leica and Canon cameras - blurring images manually with a flick of the wrist, or being on the move with an iPhone in a rig on a moving train, bus or a street teeming with action. Exploring urban environments, and working with a call and response method to hone in on images that are visually interesting are part of my work. I strive to capture images taken from a place of no restraint and to let chance take over. Adding media, textures and alternative substances, illustrate chaos – striving to create a tension of something about to happen. Through collage, the story builds - adding drawings, spray paint, distressing images, and scratching back through paint to reveal some history. The outtakes and mistakes, surprisingly, are often the answer.

I feel a responsibility as an artist to put forth an eye and a passion for building a sense of global community and making a statement through artmaking - building content in an attempt to stay true to values that really matter in this political and environmental climate. A goal in my process of photographing in the streets of urban environments, is to explore the idea that we all leave traces. Empty seats on the train, footprints, a sketchbook left at a bus stop, coffee left in a cup on the table, street art on buildings. Figures pass on the streets - often moving forward without a glance, yet the traces we leave in any given place transcend culture, boundaries and borders. Art has the power to continue this conversation.

Influences in my art practice include the work of Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, JR, Shepard Fairey, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Please contact artist for availability and prices of work;

also to present curatorial challenges.

holt.kelly@gmail.com