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Kelly Sturhahn
updated: 07/27/2014
website: kellysturhahn.blogspot.com/
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Sliced Stripes
Nouveau Marsh
Unitled
Birds
Sunwater
Glow
Electric Lake
Mist
Untitled (Lake)
Lake
Night Fall
Behind the Falls
Installation View: Mirror Lake
Mirror Lake
Dark Pool (from the Mirror Lakes series)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  nature, process, gestural, craft, gender/sexuality, historical, landscape, fantasy, abstract, pattern
 
 
Sliced Stripes by Kelly Sturhahn
Sliced Stripes
cut fabric
2013
14" x  11" 
Nouveau Marsh by Kelly Sturhahn
Nouveau Marsh
ink and wash on paper
2013
20" x  15" 
Unitled by Kelly Sturhahn
Unitled
ink on paper
2012
20 20 " x  15 " 
Birds by Kelly Sturhahn
Birds
ink and wash on paper
2012
20 " x  15 " 
Sunwater by Kelly Sturhahn
Sunwater
ink and wash on paper
2009
11 1/2 " x  13 " 
Glow by Kelly Sturhahn
Glow
ink and wash on paper
2011
30 " x  22 " 
Electric Lake by Kelly Sturhahn
Electric Lake
ink on paper
2010
14 " x  11" 
Mist by Kelly Sturhahn
Mist
ink and wash on paper
2011
22" x  16" 
Untitled (Lake) by Kelly Sturhahn
Untitled (Lake)
ink and wash on paper
2007
19 1/2" x  22" 
Lake by Kelly Sturhahn
Lake
ink and wash on paper
2009
10" x  10" 
Night Fall by Kelly Sturhahn
Night Fall
black lace and hand sewn sequins
2013
Dimensions variable
Behind the Falls by Kelly Sturhahn
Behind the Falls
Black lace, ribbon, sequins, thread
2010-11
Dimensions variable
Installation View: Mirror Lake by Kelly Sturhahn
Installation View: Mirror Lake
mixed media
2008
Dimensions variable
Mirror Lake by Kelly Sturhahn
Mirror Lake
mixed
2008-09
Dimensions variable
Dark Pool (from the Mirror Lakes series)  by Kelly Sturhahn
Dark Pool (from the Mirror Lakes series)
photograph in handmade frame (plaster, patina)
2008
26" x  26" 

Artist Statement

I create works on paper and interactive installations. My work is influenced by the landscape genre and expresses the traditional theme of the sublime in nature. I work from my own photographs, mostly taken on hikes in historical sites. I am drawn to the familiarity of the imagery and the romantic notions it generates. 

The camera creates what I call the "fantastic layer". I developed this term as a way of referring to photo-specific qualities in the image that occur through the photographic process. The lens flares light, turning the sun into a radiant pattern, or stops movement, blurring it forever into the sealed space of the photographic print. Employing a process-oriented approach, I look for ways in which the technical aspects of the photographic medium might become experiential. In my drawings, working freehand with layers of wash on paper generates these effects. I often work from the same image repeatedly, allowing the image to transform through each variation. It is a process of negotiation between my hand and the will of the materials. 

My installations display intricate craftwork on a grand scale. Some combine heat transfers (from an enlarged digital image), fabric, sequins and lace. I alter the original image by responding to existing patterns and shapes. I cut away sections of the image, and sew on fabric, lace and sequins. By disrupting the photographic surface with tactile materials, the image is opened-out and into the space of the viewer. Large panels hang from the ceiling falling into piles of folds on the floor. Cast shadows cover the walls and floors as sequins flicker light.

In my most recent projects, black lace and ribbon strands extend from ceiling to floor, minimally defining space. The textile strands are covered with countless hand-sewn leaf-shaped sequins, dazzling high above the viewer. Through interaction, one becomes surrounded by soft textiles and experiences a dramatic perceptual shift. These experiential works explore the sublime qualities of nature, and transforms these scenes into an unfamiliar, dreamlike realm.

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2014 View.point, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY

2014 Working Title, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL 

2013 Kelly Sturhahn: Transient Patterns, 6th Street Container, Miami, FL 

2012 Lake Mirror, City Hall, Lakeland, FL; The Gala Auction, Polk Museum of Art

2011 Kelly Sturhahn: Selected Works, Melvin Art Gallery, Lakeland, FL; All Florida Exhibition, Boca Musuem of Art, Boca Raton, FL

2010 NorthBrooklyn, Arts@Renaissance, Brooklyn, NY; Graphomania, Garbageman/Astronaut Space, Portland, OR; Bedtime Stories, Monotone Dreams, Fardom, Queens New York; Love is the Answer, The Suffolk, New York, NY 

2009 Designing Women, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY; Greenhouse, Studio IMC, New York, NY; Night Shift III, Hudson Guild Gallery, New York, NY

2008 Project Space: Kelly SturhahnSkylight Gallery, Keene Valley, NY (Solo) ; Lakes and Streams of the High Peaks, Skylight Gallery, Keene Valley, NY 

2007 Postcards from the Edge, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY; Keene Valley Artists and the Landscape, Skylight Gallery, Keene Valley, NY; Of a Personal Nature, The Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY (Solo project)

2006 Grendel Miami, during Art Basel Miami, FL; In the Woods, Skylight Gallery, Keene Valley, NY; ScopeHamptons, Jack the Pelican, East Hampton, NY; Collectors’ Series, LMAK projects, New York, NY

2005 Casper David Séance, Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY; Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY

2004 Urge for Going (after Joni Mitchell), Times Square Gallery, New York, NY (Solo); Year Auction, Year Project, Brooklyn, NY; Four Projects, Year Project, Brooklyn, NY

2003 Open Studios, Hunter College, New York, NY

2002 Turning Point: Seven, Allyn Gallup Contemporary, Sarasota, FL

OTHER

Visiting Artist, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL; Artist-in-Residence, Vermont Studio Center, VT (Grant Recipient); Juror, Mayfaire by-the-Lake, Lakeland, FL; Artist-in-Residence, Salem Art Works, NY (Grant Recipient); Gallery Talk, Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NYWilliam Graf Memorial Travel Grant, Hunter College, NY

EDUCATION

MFA, Hunter College, New York, NY; BFA Ringling School of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL