Saturday, September 9, 2017


12 to 9 pm

Gravity and Light, an exhibition of new two- and three-dimensional works by Jeff Kellar, will be on display September 9 through October 14 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. The gallery will host an opening reception on FWADA's Fall Gallery Night, Saturday, September 9, from noon to 9:00 p.m. The exhibition will include abstract paintings and sculptures from Kellar's Reveal, Winter Drawings, and Glimpse 2 series. Created simultaneously, each collection of work examines the complexities of spatial relationships, focusing on the fundamental elements of object construction and the effects of external physical and visual forces on them.

A shape rests on a shape. Color presses on color. The simple pleasure of perceiving space and the place of things. To describe how the world comes together using economical means. All the wonder of the world finds shape in gravity and light.

By exploring how far he can effectively reduce visual detritus, Kellar seeks to reveal the magnitude of basic compositional elements, to employ the power of simplicity to transform potentially subtle facets like shape, line, and color into the crux of the work.

Kellar works in a mixture of resin, clay, and pigment-materials that he describes as "holding the memory of many things." He applies multiple layers to each surface to build segments of color that range from bold to subtle, but invariably display a certain depth and intensity (not unlike frescoes). His paintings are on thin aluminum panels that float a half-inch from the wall, protruding into viewer space and emphasizing the objectness of the pieces. The resulting shadows around the panels situate them in space, while also describing the effects of gravity and light on their physicality. "They're not so much a window on the world but a surface to hold illusion," he says.