Mary Reid Kelley & Patrick Kelley

Gaudy Night, 2018


Mary Reid Kelley & Patrick Kelley
Gaudy Night, 2018
Digital Print on Somerset Photo Satin 300gsm
42 x 59 cm
Edition of 50

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About the artwork

Mary Reid Kelley, in collaboration with her partner, Patrick Kelley, combines painting, performance and a distinctive, wordplay rich poetry to make polemically graphic and stylised videos. A First World War soldier, a grisette in revolutionary Paris, the Minotaur–Kelly resurrects different characters from the past, each of which embodies a certain set of time–specific ideas. Her historical tableaux discuss dilemmas of mortality, sex and estrangement, all navigated by characters who converse in punning dialogue. This situates the work at the junction of the comic and the tragic.

About the artists

Mary Reid Kelley received her BFA from St. Olaf College, Minnesota, and an MFA in Painting from Yale University in 2009. She is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Grant, has received awards from the American Academy in Rome; the Rema Hort Mann Foundation; and the Guggenheim Fellowship

Patrick Kelley earned a BFA from St. Olaf College, Minnesota, and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan. His works have been exhibited at the Bibliothèque Publique d’Information-Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany; and the Minnesota Museum of American Art, USA.

Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley have collaborated since 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include: Rand/Goop, Studio Voltaire (2019); Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, America Rides the Breakfast Table, Los Angeles, CA (2018); Butler Gallery, The Castle, I Smelled A Raw Recruit: The World War Films of Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, Kilkenny, Ireland (2018); Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley: We Are Ghosts, Baltimore Museum of Art,  MD (2018); Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley – We Are Ghosts, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (2017); Mary Reid Kelley, MUDAM, Luxembourg (2017); We’re Wallowing Here In Your Disco Tent, The High Line, New York (2016); Mary Reid Kelley, M – Museum Leuven, Leuven (2016); A Marquee Piece of Sod – The WWI Films of Mary Reid Kelley, Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen (2016); The Thong of Dionysus, Fredericks & Freiser, New York (2015); Hammer Projects: Mary Reid Kelley, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015); Mary Reid Kelley, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2015); Mary Reid Kelley, Site, Santa Fe (2015).

Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.

We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.

The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.