Kelly Barrie, ‘Cutting Board’, 2013, Marine Projects

About Kelly Barrie

Kelly Barrie’s practice is concerned with issues including the passing of time, memory, and material. Barrie produces what he calls “drawing photos,” first painting with photoluminescent pigments on black paper using his feet, then photographing small sections of the drawing using a grid system and digitally piecing the images together. Displayed at human scale, Barrie’s works encourage the viewer to discover the image’s underlying structure and retrace the artist’s physical movement. Non-authoritarian play spaces—1940s European playgrounds and skate ramps in California—serve as the jumping off point in Barrie’s work, notably his 2013 “Skate Wave” series. Like Bruce Nauman, Barrie treats the studio as a place of performance and production, making art from play and self-expression, and producing mysterious, luminous images. The son of sculptor Ray Barrie and feminist artist Mary Kelly, Barrie is based in Los Angeles.

British, b. 1973, London, United Kingdom, based in New York & Los Angeles

Solo Shows

2013
Gallery Wendi Norris, 
San Francisco,
Kelly Barrie: Parallel Play