25 January to 2 February 2013
PRIVATE VIEW 25 January 6 - 9pm
Airspace Gallery is pleased to present Grandfather, the debut
solo exhibition of inaugural graduate artist-in-residence Adam Kelly (b. 1989)
featuring new work created especially for the show, and previous work.
Kelly is enthused to explore the potential of national
identity, developing work across themes such as history and ideologies, and
produced ranging across various mediums including painting and sculpture. Throughout
the residency, Kelly has been gathering disincentive from Stoke-on-Trent’s
noted architecture and urban environments, coupled with memories of post-World
War II modernism and its desire for innovation, originality and determination.
Eurocentric work reveals personal successes and failures to represent nostalgic
memories that are both devastating and promising to different communities and
Kelly’s practice, his three-dimensional compositions have an autonomous
determination and often exorcising approach that links his oeuvre and research
to modernism, re-appraising avant-garde techniques with found items, and
constructing new situations to comment on the farcical idea of diaspora.
The exhibition takes its title Grandfather from Kelly’s own
paternal and maternal relatives, envisioning changes in nationalism, heritage
and culture to contemporary culture whilst examining current issues such as
generation gaps from various European countries including the UK and Poland.
Utilising language as a subjective tool for objective goals, Kelly’s
works border between the individual and the mass collective, striving to
initiate socio-political change. Unlike others practicing today, Kelly’s
restrained structure in his work assesses the potential use of the frame and
materials, developing within a limitation.
Adam was born in London, England in 1989 and lives and works in Surrey,
England. Group exhibitions have included 'Airspace Studio Show 12', Airspace
Gallery (2012), 'Milk Money', The Gallery in Redchurch Street and 'Eat My Hat',
10 Gales Gallery (2011). Kelly holds a BA from the University for the Creative
Airspace is a contemporary art gallery situated in Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire and hosts numerous events and exhibitions dedicated to arts and
culture for national and international artists, groups and projects.