“Dwelling II,” by Mark Kelly, charcoal on paper
“Dwelling II,” by Mark Kelly, charcoal on paper
“I’m in awe of the patterns, rhythms and workings of everyday life,” Mark Kelly said during a talk he gave several years ago at a PechaKucha gathering, where a group of artists gave five-minute slide talks. “I’ll have an idea, or something I’ll do will lead to something else, a progression, and I try to explore whatever it is, as there are a variety of ways to see what the possibilities are, and actually that is more important to me than the finished product. I like showing the process, and also seeing the result of the process, and seeing what your options are, so you are not limiting it; not like when you are doing plein air painting, and it’s going to look like what you’re looking at, in your style. I’m more interested in looking at it from 10 or 20 different ways, rather than one.”

Kelly says of his current work, “Between work and kids, I have very little studio time these days, and have been doing mostly photography — as I can shoot while I am out in the world. But I can never go too long without the physicality of drawing or making things, so I’ve been back drawing again.

“This latest series are dwellings and stacks — two long-running themes in my work — the dwellings being the safety and contentment of home (represented by bird’s nests in “Dwelling II,” shown), and the stacks, a symbolic metaphor for the things we accumulate in life, personal and material, and the precariousness of that build-up.”

Kelly is a multi-faceted carpenter, art experimenter and teacher of classes like “Not Your Average Art Class.” His work will be on view at the Granite Gallery in Tenants Harbor Friday, August 16 through Wednesday, August 21.