VISUAL ARTS + MUSEUMS
Paper Ballet: Kelly Price-Colston
February 7 - February 27, 2009
Aerosol Warfare Gallery & Boutique presents Paper Ballet, an exhibition of work by Kelly Price-Colston. On view February 7 through February 27.
This exhibition is an attempt to show the random connections people have to their ancestors, their minds and hearts, as well as the people around them. While "paper ballet" is aesthetically about using paper as a vehicle for creation, it is also about questioning the "ballet" of chaos that surrounds us in the modern world, and the worlds of the past.
Many of these realms are fictional, while some are based in the very real struggles of modern-day existence. In this installation, the threads of the urban & random are tightly woven into the fabric of the organic & tangible world. Flowers meet buildings. Concrete dances with canvas. A lightning-speed urban society mixes with the gentler, less complicated world of yesterday making "paper ballet" a circus of contradictions.
Infused with interactive words from the viewer, antique symbols and graffiti gardens, this is truly a ballet of the absurd. Much like life itself, everything seems random, but our canvas is filled with a fateful meaningfulness.
About the Artist:
Kelly Price-Colston is an award winning collage artist residing in the ozark mountains. Her work is characterized by the energetic splats, drips and grime that accompany a diverse cast of vintage black and white photographs. Her use of urban graffiti style mash-ups with antique portraiture has been recognized by art collectors and galleries across the country, and internationally.
Since studying art and editing the fine arts magazine at the University of Arkansas, she has been working on her career as a fine artist in the realms of recycled paper, collage, assemblage and painting. From tiny playing card collages to room-sized installations, Colston has created a following consisting of casual collectors and serious patrons, alike. Her new work has been featured at Blue Ruin Gallery in Pittsburgh, group shows and several fine arts festivals. Feature articles about Colston's work have also been published in two internationally recognized magazines.
She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas with her daughter, boyfriend and her handsome chihuahua, Pedro.