Gunpowder and Firework Drawings By Mark Kelly
Belfast, ME 04915
For years now, Mark Kelly has been inspiring, amusing, and wowing viewers with his unique sensibilities and at times pointed, maybe ominous, observations on the human condition. Kelly will be showing two separate bodies of work: first, a series of gunpowder drawings, which are made by setting up the gunpowder, like sand-drawings, and lighting them on fire. “What I am trying to do is control these tiny explosions — which is (I realized after starting them) a perfect metaphor for human existence; trying to control the chaos of life after the penultimate explosion." The second body of work is a series of fireworks drawings, in which he says he is “simply experimenting. Laying the works on paper and capturing the results of the explosions. With these I am relinquishing the control I strive for in the other works - allowing the chaos to happen, without my imposition. Born in Amityville, New York, Kelly moved to Boston in 1990, and earned his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1997.