Martha Street Studio: Playground Chitchat by Bram Keast and Neah Kelly, October 30 - December 4

Playground Chitchat by Bram Keast and Neah Kelly

Exhibition Dates: October 30 - December 4, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday October 30, 5-8pm
Visitors must bring and wear a mask while inside the building. Be prepared to wait outside the building if space is not immediately available upon your arrival. There will be no food & drinks at receptions until otherwise noted. Please review our COVID-19 procedures before visiting the gallery here.

Virtual artist talk: dates TBA

ASL interpretation will be available by request. Deadlines for ASL interpretation requests to be announced.

These events are free to attend and open to the public.

This exhibition brings together a collection of artworks by Bram Keast and Neah Kelly who work with concepts of play, tactility, and interaction in their individual practices. Through their two- and three-dimensional approaches, the artists create and break their own aesthetic rules, exploring how play and failure informs and generates conceptual practices. In Playground Chitchat, Keast draws from his body of work, Fourplay, while Kelly contributes works from various series. Both artists explore the materiality of print media, at times remixing it to a point where it is no longer easily identifiable as a screen print, a lithograph, or a monoprint. Conceptually, they also use print media in sculptural and painterly ways as they encourage viewers to engage in dialogue with them through form, imagination, and tactility.

Bram Keast is an interdisciplinary artist whose work engages with a visual realm of instability that offers itself to continuous reinterpretation. Working playfully with the legacies of minimalism and hard-edge painting, his work expands the visual field into a haptic experience felt through both sight and touch. Keast lives and works in Winnipeg and holds a BFA (Honours) from the University of Manitoba. His work has been exhibited in Canada and the United States and is part of several private collections across the world including ones in England. He is a board member of various Winnipeg arts organizations and is an art educator who teaches through workshops and private tutoring.

Keast's work can be viewed online at bramkeast.com and on Instagram @wispwist.

The artist thanks the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council for their generous support.

Neah Kelly is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice incorporates printmaking and drawing, often recycling these prints into hand-sewn paper sculptures, installation, and bookbinding. She has exhibited broadly, participating in shows at Woman Made Gallery (Chicago), Site: Brooklyn (New York), and IPCNY (New York). Recent activities include a two-person show at Atelier Circulaire (Montréal), and residencies at KKV Grafik Printmaking Workshop (Malmö, Sweden), the Bonnie McComb Kreye residency (Victoria, BC), and Martha Street Studio (Winnipeg, MB). This year she'll be participating in a solo-show at Centre3 (Hamilton, ON) this two-person exhibition at Martha Street Studio, and the collaborative project @grammarschoolrulesproduced during the Collab-19 residency through Artengine (Ottawa, ON) and @enmasseproject with @ambivalentlyyours. She holds a BFA from Concordia University (2014), and an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University (2018). She currently resides in Hamilton, ON.

Learn more about Kelly's work through her website, www.neahkelly.com, and through Instagram at @neahkelly and @grammarschoolrules.

Martha Street Studio gratefully acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council for their dedicated support of our professional programming.

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Martha Street Studio is located at 11 Martha Street. A loading zone is located on the street at the front of the building. Martha Street Studio is an accessible space with a lift and two accessible gender-neutral washrooms located on the second floor.