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Michael John Kelly, Mask 4, pigment print collage, oil, and acrylic on panel, 96 x 72″

Each year starting and ending around the month of March the UCLA Department of Art grants MFA degrees in New Genres, Photography, Sculpture and Painting.  This past Thursday the 7th was the premiere opening of one of four thesis shows. Artist’s Michael John Kelly, painting and drawing, Lucas Blalock, photography, Marten Elder, photography, and Katie Sinnott, sculpture obtained Awesome Status.

Upon first entering the New Wright Gallery hall Michael Kelly’s abstract paintings hung sparingly. A tall and stout man, Michael John Kelly holds a presence over any room. In simple attire, worn work jeans, flannel shirt with sleeves rolled to elbow, a beard and black frame glasses invites all with a soft spoken voice. The New Wright Gallery space has a wide hall as an entrance with, as one goes deeper, two passages of opposite direction, a court yard and a hidden pocket connected to the left passage. The space laid out like a funky Teteris piece ready to complete a row connects all as one. Kelly’s hall and left passage paintings speak volumes of a man of experience, technique and craftsmanship.

Katie Sinnott, 4 corners (detail), mixed media installation, 10 x 16 x 18'

Katie Sinnott, 4 corners (detail), mixed media installation, 10 x 16 x 18′

In the little hidden pocket away from Michael’s other paintings held Katie Sinnot’s sculpture.  What at first seemed small, spread apart and hidden underlies an architectural infrastructure intervention. Not too minimal not discreet, a careful balance of hiding and showing at the same moment. The traditional paintings on walls and photos in frames was thrown out the window. But the window became the canvas, the walls became part of helper of the viewing eye to see invisible connections. Her sculpture was painted white wooden planks high up on white walls, plastic sheets on grey cold floors and foot high cement turquoise painted blocks all around the big T that was three walls for hung work.

There in the courtyard, a big wide space, one to three photos framed of Lucas Blalock’s nothingness.  Photos on walls and photo books on a wooden platform held flat by two wooden triangles below.

The right passage after entering the hall was of Martin Elder’s diagrams of measurements for the creation of artistic tools for measurements in degrees of cities, places lived, in relation to the body. A young man in savvy black clothing greets you with a smile displays his broad range of pictures and installations.

Marten Elder, Untitled, archival pigment print on fiber based paper, 30 x 40"

Marten Elder, Untitled, archival pigment print on fiber based paper, 30 x 40″

New Wight Gallery
Broad Art Center, Suite 1100
240 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm
Saturday (March 9), 10:00am-6:00pm
Admission is free
Daily parking in Lot 3: $11
Short term parking (payable at pay stations) in Lot 3 North: $3/hour
For further information, call (310) 825-0557