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Seraphin Gallery proudly presents its first exhibition of the fall season with Kelly Wallace entitled, Dead Reckoning. The exhibition will run from September 20 until October 27, with an opening reception on Friday, September 20, from 6 – 8 PM.
Dead Reckoning features drawings of completely imagined and undetermined landscapes. What is important for Wallace is that the drawing is a representation of the act of drawing itself. Therefore, Wallace’s drawings uniquely come into existence as he works.
Each drawing is in itself a contradiction. Scenes of imaginary, abstract lakes seem to fall apart and come together simultaneously. His drawings are incredibly beautiful while being so intense that they create discomfort in the viewer, who becomes easily lost in the multitude of graphite marks and looks for a way out.
Wallace uses the unique surface of marble gesso for a number of these drawings. A fifteenth century process, marble dust is mixed with glue, which is then heated and applied with a brush to a rigid surface. The artist primarily creates his drawings with vertical lines, from left to right and top to bottom. Mapping them like a printer or scanner, Wallace is able to play with time, focus and distance by metering his vertical lines.
The exhibition title, Dead Reckoning, is defined as “The process of calculating one’s position by estimating the direction and distance traveled rather than by using landmarks, astronomical observations, or electronic navigation methods.” Wallace feels that in today’s society, when such devices as the GPS are constantly used to find one’s location, we lose the power of our own intuition. Wallace’s “undetermined landscapes” are an accumulation of errors, but because they come from a natural process, could be entirely more accurate, answering questions of where we came from and where we are going.
Kelly Wallace received his BFA from the University of Guelph in Ontario. Solo exhibitions have been mounted at Museum London and the MacLaren Arts Centre in Ontario. He was a finalist in the International Drawing Annual at The Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.