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February 9, 2006 to April 1, 2006

Kelley Roberts: Sometime Sunshine

The new body of work by Kelley Roberts addresses themes only suggested through basic iconic elements. Outer space, owls set in the snowy woods, or fireworks in a landscape are predominately created from digital images or scanned photographs that are digitally altered and composed, printed, hand cut, and layered in frames. The ways in which they are cut and layered allow the actual content of the image to exist only in silhouette.

The silhouette itself is suggestive of a shadowy or unclear memory. Thus, Roberts considers these images to be somewhat akin to an oral history—that is, an effort to collect an oral account in a visual form. Like the form of an oral history, the narrative only exists each time it is spoken. Therefore, what is suggested—whether it is a subject set in nature or something more supernatural--does not exist in a particular time or place. Ultimately, Robert’s images speak to how an narrative may be changed through its retelling much in the way in which each viewer brings his or her own unique set of experiences to the interpretation of any visual form.

Roberts received a BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA and an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Bloomfield Hills, MI. Recent solo exhibitions include: View, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA; Crossed, Terminal E, The Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia as well as five solo exhibitions at Vox Populi, Philadelphia. Some of Roberts many group exhibitions have included: In Our Own Backyard, on view at Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA and The Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA; In a Silent Way, as on view at The Main Line Art Center, and Against the Tide, a group exhibition hosted by Peter and Mari Shaw, Philadelphia. Roberts is a recipient of an Independent Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and a Fellowship from the Independence Foundation (both in 2003).