School of Art + Art History alumna Anna Kell (MFA Painting ’09) has been busy this fall showing work in several exhibitions and at a public critique forum in New York. One exhibition, Young & Restless, hosted by ArtGasm, was a three person pop-up show curated by Elizabeth MacKeen on view in October in Brooklyn at a beautiful storefront gallery of Glasshouse ArtLifeLab in South Williamsburg. This exhibition explored (un)expected practices of art making. Artists transformed everyday materials into objects that commanded attention and encouraged a rethinking of the familiar. Vibrant hues and patterns complemented paintings hidden beneath postal paper, sending the viewer on an exciting visual journey.
“The show was beautifully hung and one of my large mattress paintings hung opposite the street, and I think [it] lured people in from afar,” says Kell. “There was a great turnout at the opening and people were intrigued with the paintings on mattress fabric.”
Young & Restless marked the launch of ArtGasm, an online gallery connecting emerging artists with art lovers around the world.
That same month, Kell presented her work at the Bushwick Art Crit Group, a monthly public critique forum that meets at the Brooklyn Fire Proof in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and she currently has a painting hanging in the International Juried Exhibition at The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, New Jersey. The painting also won third prize in the exhibition and the special exhibition committee selected Kell to have a solo exhibition in April and May of 2015.
For more information about Kell and her work, check out her website here.