(June 4, 2014) Heather Ryan Kelley, a McNeese State University professor of art, is one of three artists to be featured in an exhibition that runs through June 26 at the Baton Rouge Gallery.
Kelley, along with the two other artists, was selected last fall to join BRG by a select committee of the current artist membership. This free exhibit will be on display from noon-6 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, at the gallery located at 1515 Dalrymple Drive.
Kelley's exhibit, "Some Thoughts About Perfection," is influenced by "vanitas painting," a genre of still-life painting which was traditionally intended as a call to ponder one's mortality and assess what in life is of lasting importance by developing a personal vocabulary of vanitas imagery. Famous vanitas works of the 16th and 17th century were filled with unstable and short-lived objects (soap bubbles, flowers, fruit, etc.). Kelley employs personal imagery such as dice, trophies, origami, exhibition postcards and studio debris to elicit the same message.