The Castle, Kilkenny
The Butler Gallery is pleased to present a multimedia exhibition by New York-based artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley.
I Smelled A Raw Recruit: The World War Films of Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley brings together the artists’ most recent film, In The Body of the Sturgeon, which follows a doomed submarine crew on its final journey in the Pacific, and three earlier films set on the Western Front of World War I.
The reverberations of these global conflicts are energetically canvassed in the artists’ distinctive combination of animation, painting, performance, and distinctive wordplay-filled poetic scripts. Painted sculptural objects from the sets will accompany the videos, along with two lightbox portraits of characters from Sturgeon, which reveal the detailed painted surfaces of both performer and set. In a submarine, hospital, and a military brothel, Mary and Pat stage dilemmas of mortality, sex, and delusion, navigated by their characters in punning dialogue that traps them between tragic and comic meanings.
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Image: Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, In The Body of The Sturgeon, 2017, HD Video, Duration: 12’16”.