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Stages, (a)way from nouns
Stages, (a)way from nouns
Kelly Kaczynski
April 22, 2021 (4 - 5:15pm, CST)

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Kelly Kaczynski discusses nearness with the form of the stage. Naturally, to speak of nearness is to recognize distance. In early works, Kaczynski approached nearness with emphasis on distances, especially pertaining to “being here” and “being there”. Recently, their practice is absorbed by the problem of “being with”. This deep shift brings Kaczynski’s work closer to a practice of forming while doing, where the stages materially and linguistically arrive through proximate nouns.

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Kelly Kaczynski is a Chicago based artist working within the language of sculpture. Selected exhibitions include Julius Caesar, IL; Peregrine Program, IL; Songs for Presidents, NY; Ortega y Gasset Projects, NY; Soap Factory, MN; Comfort Station, IL; Gahlberg Gallery, IL; threewalls, IL; Hyde Park Art Center, IL; University at Buffalo Art Gallery, NY; Triple Candie, NY; Islip Art Museum, NY; DeCordova Museum, MA; Boston Center for the Arts, MA. Public installations include projects with the Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA; the Interfaith Center, NY; Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston and the Boston National Historic Parks, MA; Boston Public Library, MA. Curatorial projects include the cooperative endeavors Working Group for Unmaking: Living Within the Play, Poor Farm, 2019-ongoing, Manatee at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, 2018, and the 2014 exhibition, Roving Room at Habersham Mills, GA. Independent curation includes Virtually Physically Speaking at Columbia College, Chicago, IL and the 2011 exhibition Mouthing (a sentient limb) at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL. Recipient of Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award ’15; Artadia, Chicago ’08; Visible Republic, Boston, ’00. Kaczynski received an MFA from Bard College, NY and BA from The Evergreen State College, WA. She is Associate Professor Adjunct with the School of the Art Institute, Chicago.