Kelly Best: All Walls Are Interrupted


Kelly Best: All Walls Are Interrupted

Friday 15th April 2016 - Saturday 11th June 2016

Preview: Thursday 14 April, 6 - 8pm
Kelly Best in conversation with Ben Borthwick, PAC Artistic Director: 7pm

Kelly Best’s site specific drawing installations respond to the architecture of the galleries they inhabit, expanding beyond the flat surface and in some cases creating three dimensional optical illusions. For this solo exhibition Cardiff-based Best presents an ambitious new work for the first floor gallery of Plymouth Arts Centre. Wrapping around the space, an extensive series of delicate pencil drawings skip across a tiled wall, echoing the slates on the building’s exterior.

Best trained as a painter and works by collaging found forms and textures, layering brightly coloured paint to create abstract spaces and invented landscapes. All Walls Are Interrupted will be the first time she exhibits her paintings in a solo exhibition, having previously presented a small number of works in group shows including the 2012 John Moores Painting Prize.

Kelly Best, b.1984 in Kent, graduated from Kingston University BA Fine Art in 2007. Previous solo exhibitions: g39, Eastside Projects, Oriel Davies and Chapter Arts centre. Previous group exhibitions: 2015 Exeter Contemporary Open, Jerwood Encounters at Jerwood Space, London and 2013 National Eisteddfod of Wales. Awarded the Creative Wales British School at Rome Fellowship (Oct – Dec 2016).

Wales in Plymouth is a professional development initiative for women artists in or from Wales, supported by Arts Council Wales. Plymouth Arts Centre, g39 and Oriel Davies selected Kelly Best from a pool of women artists that had previously taken part in the Unit(e) programme at g39. The selected artist will benefit from a residency and solo exhibition at Plymouth Arts Centre and a solo exhibition at Oriel Davies in Newtown, as well as studio visits from curators working nationally and internationally.

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