Speak Of The Devil By Edward Kelley

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Art League Houston says
Exhibition dates: June 9 – July 22, 2017
Opening reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday, June 9, 2017
Front Gallery I Artist talk: 7:00 PM

Art League Houston is excited to present 'Speak of the Devil' by Iowa-based artist Edward Kelley. The exhibition features an interactive installation of over 250 surveillance cameras installed throughout the gallery, playfully addressing the invasive qualities of CCTV surveillance, as well as its acceptance in our everyday lives. For this exhibition, a third of the surveillance cameras will be motion activated, responding to viewers as they move around the gallery, while a few will be capturing surveillance-style photographs of individuals or groups. The photographs will be printed out on a printer installed in the gallery, where viewers will be invited to either destroy the photo using a paper shredder, install it on the gallery walls, or take it away with them.

“Systematic surveillance has become such a routine and inescapable part of our everyday culture, that we have become accustomed to its presence” says the artist. “The exhibition playfully highlights this growing presence through an immersive installation that explores the complexity and variability of our own understanding and engagement regarding surveillance technology, while also highlighting the ethical issues relating to personal privacy”.

This exhibition is generously sponsored in part by Nicole Longnecker Gallery

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Edward Kelley received a BA from the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC and a MFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. Recent exhibitions include DEMO Projects, Manifest Gallery, and The Anderson gallery at Drake University. In September, Edward presented at the International Sculpture Center Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. He has led cast iron workshops as a visiting artist at various institutions including The Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis TN and the State University of New York Oswego.

In 2014, Edward spearheaded and curated the first “Art on Dart” exhibition, turning a Des Moines Area Rapid Transit bus into a mobile fine art gallery for a two-month period. He is a recipient of a Des Moines Area Public Art Foundation funding grant for his work with Des Moines Area Rapid Transit. Edward is a faculty member and studio technician in the Department of Art and Design at Drake University.
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