KLEMM’S is very pleased to present the second solo exhibition of works by New York-based artist Keltie Ferris (b.1977) at the gallery. The exhibition will bring together a new set of paintings and drawings by the artist.
Ferris is known for her expressive geometric color fields that synthesize an array of schools of painting, ranging from Abstract Expressionism to Graffiti art on her signature, large-scale canvases. With a specific technique of oil-based air-brushing and markings from other tools such as palette-knives, the artist constructs her rhythmic abstract language and layers of distinct, rich textures and marks on her paintings—simultaneously inscribing and removing her own presence on canvas.
Her new works presented at KLEMM’S now display an energetic shift towards a new sense of plasticity and expressive gestures. While maintaining her unmistakable unruly patterns and electric chromatism, Ferris’ recent paintings showcase a newfound sophistication in the pastose use of color and assertive brushwork, furthering her investigation about the ‘being of painting’.
Keltie Ferris (b.1977) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in 2006 from Yale School of Art and her BFA in 2004 from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘(F(U(T( )U)R)E)’ at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY, ‘Exclamation Mark’ at Klemm’s, Berlin, ‘Body Prints and Paintings’ at the University Art Museum at SUNY Albany, New York, ‘M/A/R/C/H’ at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY, ‘Doomsday Boogie’ at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and ‘Body Prints’ at Chapter NY, New York and ‘ManEaters’ at the Kemper Museum, Kansas City. Her works have been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Texas; Brooklyn Museum, New York and Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis. She was recently awarded the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Painting by the Academy of Arts and Letters. Up-coming solo exhibitions will be ‘*O*P*E*N*’ at the Speed Museum, Kentucky in fall 2018 and at Kadel-Willborn, Düsseldorf end of 2019.