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Benjamin Kelley – FLOODPLAIN
May 12, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - May 28, 2016 @ 6:00 PM
Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore presents Floodplain, sculptural works by Benjamin Kelley at the Icebox’s Grey Area at the Crane Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Floodplain is comprised of two new artworks; one consisting of fragments from a rare, early model F15 fighter aircraft reconfigured in the center of the gallery space. Encircling the chaotic composition is the second piece, a triptych of mechanized vessels producing an opaque tiding bath of iron oxide submerging contemporary relics of brand religion; to create a buildup of rust residue on the once pristine objects.
May 12–28, 2016
Opening Public Reception: May 12th, 2016, 6–10pm
Open Hours: Thursdays–Saturdays 12–6pm and by appointment
Benjamin Kelley, benjaminkelleystudios.com
Driven by the smell of oak, the elegance of precision, and the cult of commodity, Kelley re-contextualizes found objects with altered and fabricated structures. His works have been exhibited both locally and nationally, including solo exhibitions at CONNERSMITH (2013); Open Space (2011); Patty and Rusty Rueff Gallery at Purdue University (2009). Group exhibitions have included those at The Contemporary Museum (2012), Maryland Art Place (2011, 2010), Gallery Four (2010), Creative Alliance, (2009). Kelley has been awarded the Toby Devon Lewis Fellowship (2010), the GoGo Emerging Artist Projects of CONNERSMITH (2010–2013) and, most recently, finalist for the Janet and Walter Sondhiem Prize at the Baltimore Museum of Art in 2015. His work has been featured in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, and the Baltimore City Paper. Kelley is a graduate of the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
The Icebox Project Space, cranearts.com/icebox
The Icebox Project Space is an innovative and experimental contemporary exhibition space where visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, and performers are able to work, think, and collaborate within a uniquely large scale and open structure. The Icebox boldly explores the notion and limitations of what defines an exhibition, and seeks to challenge and explore, while fostering the creative process. The Icebox engages a broad National and International audience, and visitors should expect a level of engagement with programming, with the space itself, and with the community it continues to build. Please join us in creating this expanding dialogue.
Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore, icabaltimore.org
Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore is a collaboration of volunteers working to stage contemporary art exhibitions in available spaces in Baltimore. Floodplain is the eighteenth exhibition by the Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore since 2011, and the first outside of the city of Baltimore.
Floodplain is made possible in part by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.