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Patrick Kelly’s Carbon Traces

The heaviness, physicality, and import of Patrick Kelly’s drawings at Worksound‘s current show Drawing the Slight Uneasy, tilt the entire group exhibition in their direction. These large graphite drawings are wisely sited in their own room so as not to dominate the rest of the work in the show. They are fierce, dimensional graphite drawings of repeating, parallel, curves that alternately absorb and reflect light magically transforming line into plane. The result of Kelly’s meticulous process—line beside line beside line, obscuring any paper beneath—these “Carbon Traces” add up to swirling surfaces that appear to rise off of the paper or fall into it, curling round or peaking into one another making riveting sculpture of drawing.

See artist/designer Justin Gorman’s interview with Kelly at Gorman’s website

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