Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley: Dust to Dust

The Fabric Workshop and Museum

2019
$265,000

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Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, Rand/Goop, 2019, painted wood, found objects, embedded video. Photo courtesy of The Fabric Workshop and Museum. 

Artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley will consider the impact of climate change in a performative installation across two of the Fabric Workshop and Museum’s (FWM) gallery floors. On one floor, a filmed performance installation—including a constructed stage set and theatrical seating—will present Mary delivering separate monologues as two characters trapped in their homes: one in the 1930s during a turbulent Dust Bowl storm, the other engaged in emergency preparations from the hostile climate of an imagined 2080. On another floor, a “forest” of responsive sculptures embedded with video screens will project the faces of additional characters and perspectives. By engaging with the issue of climate change on a human scale, the project is intended to encourage reflection about the potential consequences of our collective choices. The artists’ works have been shown in solo exhibitions at Tate Liverpool, Hammer Museum, and ICA Boston, among others; Mary's honors include MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships.

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