VANISHING POINT: KELLY BEST
VANISHING POINT: KELLY BEST
Launch: Saturday 6 - 8pm, 11 March 2017
In-conversation event between the artist and curator, Louise Hobson, 5-6pm
Exhibition Showing Dates: 11 March – 10 May 2017
Vanishing Point brings together an extraordinary body of new work by Kelly Best: a remarkable and highly original artist working out of Cardiff. This is the artist’s first major exhibition in Wales and features ambitious and compelling interconnections between sculpture, painting and drawing in order to consider site, space and surface.
Presenting a distinctive selection of media including steel, watercolour and colour pencil, Vanishing Point offers a response to the architectural and physical space of Oriel Davies’ galleries. Best’s particular use of lines and angles, whether in metal, pencil lead or paint, presents a new visual ‘reading’ of the spaces we inhabit. Through a subtle and understated manipulation of perspective, scale and even light, new possibilities are explored.
In contrast to the work’s minimal appearance, the processes leading towards the end point are labour intensive and physically challenging. Best often works intuitively, developing ideas through a process of ‘doing’, where repetition and self-imposed parameters or creative rules instruct her practice. These methods, which often demand a significant amount of endurance, lead to prolific outputs before a process of editing and honing reveals a pared-back and seemingly effortless aesthetic.
Vanishing Point has been supported by the Arts Council of Wales.
Audio description available.
KELLY BEST BIOG:
Born 1984 in Kent, currently lives and works in Cardiff. She trained as a painter, graduating from Kingston University with BA in Fine Art in 2007. Vanishing Point comes straight after a recent 3-month Creative Wales residency at The British School at Rome October – December 2016. She had a solo show at Plymouth Arts Centre earlier in 2016 and has previously shown work in Oriel Davies’ TestBed and in the 2014 Oriel Davies Open. Previous solo shows include; g39 (Cardiff); Eastside Projects (Birmingham); Chapter Arts Centre, Art in the Bar (Cardiff); she exhibited in the 2016 and 2013 National Eisteddfod; and the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012.
Image Credits: Kelly Best: Vanishing Point, 2017
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Exhibition Launch Saturday 11 March, 6-8pm, alongside:
Instructions for Imagined Space: Rory Duckhousehttp://www.orieldavies.org/en/exhibition/instructions-imagined-spaces
Refreshments available, all welcome.
Oriel Davies is a contemporary art gallery in the heart of Powys and a key gallery of Wales, showing groundbreaking national and international art and craft. Our opening hours are Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm and admission is free. For more information on the gallery and its programmes please visit www.orieldavies.org
Oriel Davies receives funding from Arts Council of Wales and Powys County Council.
Oriel Davies is a Registered Charity, no. 1034890.
Published 15 February 2017