Ken Kelleher, when digital sculptures invade public spaces

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1 October 2018

Ken Kelleher brings his digital sculptures into public spaces, creating a world suspended between tangles colored by pop character and austere architecture.

Digital sculptures of American artist Ken Kelleher look like twisted tangles. These are placed in public spaces and are able to astonish the viewer, altering the actual spatial perception of where they are. Each rendering has gigantic dimensions and seems in strong contrast with the surrounding environment of galleries, gardens, and squares as if to underline the pop-exuberant character of the artistic operation. Ken states that:

“There’s an element of surprise when you create something that has never before existed in the world. Sculpture for me is an inquiry into the deep mysterious nature of things. What does it say to you? Where will it love? What is its larger context of being?”

With his works, he wants to convey “surprise and joy”, inspired by abstract sculptors like David Smith and Anthony Caro. Digital art becomes the most effective means to give life to his fervid imagination that uses elementary forms and distorts them, inflates them and alters them, giving sculpture the ability to put in continuous dialogue matter and form, light and shadow, time, space and content.

With his work, Ken wonders what it means to create, whether it is digital or tangible art, and what are the barriers to break down.

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