Kelly Kaczynski’s New York City solo debut consists of a series of sculptures that are seemingly in a state of being built or un-built. Placed in the central bay of the gallery, they are made out of materials used in the building trade: wood studs, insulation foam, rubber roofing, pallets, conduit, and laminate. A partial brick wall with a peephole stands at one end. When the viewer peers through the hole at the sculptures, elements of them align to create a loose reconfiguration of Marcel Duchamp’s last sculpture, Ã‰tant donnÃ©. The major elements of that work are all visible-the reclining female nude, the waterfall, and the glass lamp-however, they are situated in what appears to be a landscape inspired by Chinese landscape paintings or Japanese woodblock prints.
Kelly Kaczynski received an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts, Bard College (‘03) in New York, and BA from The Evergreen State College (‘95) in Washington. Recent group exhibitions include Artspace, CT (‘04), Islip Art Museum, NY (‘03), Cristinerose/Josee Bienvenu Gallery, NY (‘03), DeCordova Museum, MA (‘01), 123 Watts Gallery, NY (‘00), Boston Center for the Arts, MA (‘00). Kaczynski is included in the Boston Drawing Project at Bernard Toale Gallery (‘02).
Public installations include projects with the Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA (‘04), the Interfaith Center of NY, NY (‘03), the Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston and the Boston National Historic Parks (‘02), Boston Arts Academy (‘02), Boston Parks and Recreation (‘01), Boston Public Library (‘00). In 1999, she received a Visible Republic Grant, awarded through the New England Foundation for the Arts. Kaczynski has taught sculpture at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (‘02-’04) and University of Pennsylvania, PA (‘04). Kaczynski is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sculpture at University of Illinois, Chicago, IL (‘04 – ‘05).