Heather Kaplan | Ryan W. Kelly
June 4-25, 2016
ROY G BIV Gallery presents work by Heather Kaplan and Ryan W. Kelly. Kaplan’s clay figurines explore play and experimentation. Kelly’s decorative objects turn the gallery into a replica domestic space.
Kaplan will display clay figurines that explore play and childlike aesthetics. Like figurines and toys, Kaplan’s work begs to be rearranged and played with. Working in low fire clay, Kaplan renders some forms by hand and others through slip casting. She applies many layers of glaze and re-fires her pieces in order to achieve surface patterns and textures. Kaplan’s sculptures explore her interest in childlike aesthetics, particularly the aesthetics of carnivals, festivals and the imagination.
Kaplan is Doctoral Candidate at The Ohio State University in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy. She holds a BFA in Art and a BS and MS in Art Education from the Pennsylvania State University. Heather researches studio-making and early childhood art education. She is interested in notions of play, materiality, community and storytelling.
Ryan W. Kelly
Kelly will turn the gallery into a replica domestic space, complete with painted backdrops, furniture, floor cloths, a faux fireplace and peculiar ceramic tchotchkes. Kelly imagined the installation as the home of a fever-dreaming follower of the Bloomsbury Group (the early 20th century group of writers, artists and intellectuals, notably Virginia Woolf and her sister Vanessa Bell). To decorate the installation, Kelly has created objects that function both as props in the larger tableau and as a portrait of the fictional, idiosyncratic inhabitant.
Kelly holds an MFA from The Ohio State University and a BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute. His work encompasses performances, video and object-based installations. For two years he has been a Visiting Professor at The Ohio State University in Ceramics and Foundations. Ryan has recently been hired by Western Washington University to head their Ceramics program.