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March 6, 2011

Gallery 1C03: Robert Kelly

Gallery 1C03 presents
Robert Kelly's Minutia
March 3 to April 2
Monday – Friday: 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Saturday: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Admission to Gallery, reception artist’s lecture and artist’s talk are free and open to all. Pre-registration is required for The Writers’ Collective workshop and registration fees apply. 

Calgary-based artist Robert Kelly’s love of language led him to create this conceptual installation consisting of eleven distinct books of concrete poetry displayed on lecterns. A piece whose initial imposing appearance belies the artist’s often playful manipulation of text, the bookworks are based on the eleven words from the sentence fragment “the first time I heard the sound of a page turning.” Kelly’s point is to consider how awareness of minutiae is fundamental to meaningfulness. 

A special interactive component of the installation is an invitation for gallery visitors to respond to the texts in Minutia using graphite supplied by Gallery 1C03 to write or sketch their thoughts directly on the gallery walls. 

Robert Kelly works in Calgary as a conceptual artist and educator. He practices in painting, printmaking, installation and performance. Kelly’s themes are as diverse as his media.
White Noise is focused on the threshold between passive tolerance and action, while Concept of Raven uses the raven to explore spiritual, cultural and ecological perspectives. 

Kelly teaches creativity theory and practice, studio art and design and curriculum theory and design for the faculties of Art and Education at the University of Calgary. 

Gallery 1C03 gratefully acknowledges financial assistance from The University of Winnipeg, Manitoba Arts Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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