Friday, June 5, 2009

Untitled 1961

PNCA at 100 features only one Kelly sculpture, this painted steel piece of 1961. Compare it to this 1959 painting last shown in the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in August of 2008. D.K. Row did a fine job of describing Kelly in this Visual Arts Oregonian review.

How can anything so massive and hard be delicate? There is a place, almost like the inside of a rock at the beach or an armpit down low on this piece where there are tiny little pokey fungi like pieces that stick out. Like warts, like bi-valves. How these funny little things add life to something is what most impresses me.

1 comment:

Patricia said...

Are these the only two pieces of Lee Kelly's that PAM owns? Thanks for your post.