Airspace Gallery is pleased to present "Grandfathe
r", 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. His characteristically Eurocentric work reveals personal successes and failures to represent nostalgic memories that are both devastating and promising to different communities and individuals.
Within 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 Arts, Farnham.
This solo exhibition marks the culmination of Adam's's 6 month graduate residency with AirSpace Gallery. Over the residency course, Adam has received free studio space, monthly mentoring meetings with gallery staff and professional artists, access to the Gallery's professional development opportunities, and the all important final solo show.