London artist Kelly Wallace exhibits new drawings at Gibson Gallery

London artist Kelly Wallace brings Level Grounds, an exhibit of new drawings to the Michael Gibson Gallery from January 12 to February 2. An Opening Reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, January 12 from 2 to 4pm. An Artist Talk is included at 3pm.

Spira Mira Bella, Lead on Paper on Wood, 2012, Overall 56 x 91 in.
(6 square panels ranging from 56x56 in. to 7x7 in.)

The new drawings included in Level Grounds are based on the principal of the Golden Rectangle.  The images of destroyed wreckages and bucolic rivers do not reference specific places in the world, but rather, are amalgams of imagination and memory.

Kelly Wallace lives and works in London, ON.  He received his BFA from the University of Guelph in 1993. Since then, he has received grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.  In 2010 Museum London organized a solo exhibition, “Terminal”, that then travelled to the MacLaren Art Gallery, Barrie in 2011.  Wallace has also exhibited at various galleries across Canada and the US.

Kelly Wallace on Level Grounds:
"In order to expedite slow work, I shifted gears from making one surface at a time into the production of an exhibition. I crafted the surfaces, the grounds as a form of art, to represent the context, the level: the latitude of a bigger picture. The surfaces are golden rectangles—dimensions that sustain the compositional thresholds between line and edge. The drawing travels hundreds of lineal kilometers to the point where the marks make the subject matter. There is no place of this world, no reference of being level to earth. It is my intention to construct in lead, the space between the drawing surface and the drawn subject. Drawing into the surface I enter an open space, there my representational marks are a slowed revisiting of a precarious subject. This process is drawn out in the abstraction; it is my explanation.

To plot these drawings I make consistent effort to diverge my eyes: An exercise in seeing more of the drawing surface at the same time as drawing on it—multi-relating my perceptions. Rendering the speed of viewing (representation and abstraction) through a metering of the lines and the spaces between them, I focus and blur the polygonal and elliptical lineal patterns to describe space and light in material terms."

Kelly Wallace, December 2012

If You Go:

What: Level Grounds - New Drawings by Kelly Wallace

Who: London artist Kelly Wallace

Where: Michael Gibson Gallery, 157 Carling Street, London ON

When: January 12 to February 2, 2013. Opening Reception January 12, 2-4pm.