On the Passage of a Few People

Through a Rather Brief Period of Time

 

In this series, Kelly asks what defines an era, and for whom, not only as political discourse, but also, as trace, or residue, of the personal lives that were defined by it. The installation frames a wide-angle view of that brief period of time, stretchingfrom the end of World War II to the beginning of the Arab Spring, in which the passage of a few women, who formed the History Group in 1969, gives a specific focus to her representation of the past. In her performative act of remembering, the durational aspect of the lint medium is central. Individual units are cast in the filter screen of a domestic dryer over several months and hundreds of washing cycles, then assembled as large panels of image and text in intaglio. Referencing, film,photography, newspapers, magazines and the internet, Kelly transcribes the iconic signs of former times into uncanny analogs of their digitized reappearance in the present.

 

On the Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Period of Time 2014
Installation View

Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London

   
 
  Life, April, 1945, 2014
compressed lint
76.2 x 58.4 cm, 30 x 23 inches
   
 
  7 Days, February, 1972, 2014
compressed lint
76.2 x 58.4 cm, 30 x 23 in
   
 
  7 Days, March, 1972, 2014
compressed lint
76.2 x 58.4 cm, 30 x 23 in
   
 
  Alderney Street, 1973, 2014
compressed lint
76.2 x 58.4 cm, 30 x 23 in
   
 
  Tahrir Square, November, 2011, 2014
compressed lint
70 ½ x 46 ¾ x 2 in