Dual opening receptions, Friday, January 25 at 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. with Ryan Dewey
The Artist Talks: Ryan Dewey, 6:15 p.m. in the Euclid Avenue Gallery
The Artist Talks: Kelley O’Brien, 7:00 p.m. in the Main Gallery
My work focuses on the death and rebirth of natural and man-made ecosystems as well as social movements, in hopes of giving meaning to our environments. Throughout my work, storytelling is used as a device to comprehend our position within the social phenomenon of globalization. Past works have focused on the power of film, image, and oral histories as narrative elements within my practice. In my piece, The Growth of the Mountain, I use myths to understand the unfathomable: how a once natural valley became one of the largest landfills, surrounded by individuals surviving off others’ waste. Oral histories created through individual connections become concept-driven collaborations that analyze the political, historical, and economic systems that we are immersed within. My current body of work uses sculptural forms and new technologies to explore pluralist, anti-hierarchical perspectives as a potential future for human engagement within the systems we are entrenched within.
Kelley O’Brien is an interdisciplinary artist working between the American Midwest and Ireland. With her background in Architecture (University of Tennessee ’11) and Design (Cranbrook Academy of Art ’14) Kelley’s work negotiates boundaries defined between humans and the natural world. She has exhibited at the University of the Philippines, National College of Art and Design in Dublin as well as SPACES, Roy G Biv, and Woman Made Gallery in the United States. Kelley has been awarded grants from the Ohio Arts Council and a Fulbright Scholarship to the Philippines. Additionally, she has expanded she skills through residencies at Green Papaya Art Space in the Philippines, the Irish Museum of Art in Dublin, and the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden. Her artistic practice extends into her academic and curatorial research through collaborative projects with Francis Halsall under the title “Mapping Systems.” Collectively they have held workshops, lecture courses, and curated residencies in Ireland and the Philippines.
Kelley O’Brien and Anthony Warnick (a W2S 2018 artist) are Co-Director/Co-Curator of The Muted Horn, a non-institutional project space on the near west side of Cleveland that shows one-person exhibitions by regional and national artists to promote experimental modes of practice.
Visit Kelley O’Brien’s website
The Sculpture Center
1834 E. 123rd Street
Cleveland, OH 44106