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Christian Finbar Kelly

Artists Statement

   Christian Finbar Kelly was born in New York, June of 1976. He grew up south of Boston before he started moving around, eventually living at thirty-two different addresses between Boston,Chicago,and New York City.

 These frequent environmental changes brought with them an unruly structure of life, creating unique improvisational skills. The methods of working with what one has or what one can acquire for little or nothing helped him form a relationship with process; where process is as meaningful to him as the final outcome.

Today,Christian lives above his darkroom in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn where he plans to stay forever.He works in traditional photo and experimental methods,shooting lots of pinhole, printing in color,B&W,cyanotype and Van Dykes.As a former master of Polaroid transfers and emulsion lifts, Christian has become a Fuji instant peel apart pack film user. He created a life size 3 dimensional accurate sculpture of a womans body,with detailed features,using 295 fuji emulsion lifts, to go along with it’s two companion heads.He rejects digital imaging being categorized as photography. One of many reasons,“photography needs chemistry”.

Along with making and showing his own art, Christian also runs Armature Art Space with Roberta Felice Sutton. A place for artists to work,show, and sell art for free.

Juried Group Exhibition Selections and Awards:

2013”Concrete and Barbed Wire”,Bushwick Community Darkroom, Brooklyn, New York

2013 “Another Way of Seeing”, New Orleans Photo Alliance, New Orleans,Louisiana

2013 “Krappy Kamera Exhibition”, Soho Photo Gallery,New York City,New York *Honorable Mention

2012 “Krappy Kamera Exhibition”, Soho Photo Gallery,New York City,New York

2012 “Small Works Exhibition”, Soho Photo Gallery,New York City,New York

2011 “Uncanny Surreal” Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury,Vermont

2004 “Alexandria Exhibit” Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois

2003 “Fast Forward Film Festival”,Chicago,Illinois *Second Prize

Solo Exhibitions:

2009 “Casually Offensive”, Rock Star Bar, Brooklyn,New York

2007 “Rocktography 2”, Cal’s Fest, Chicago,Illinois

2006 “Rocktography”, Cal’s Fest, Chicago,Illinois

Group Exhibitions

2013”Light From the Darkroom,Recent Photographs by Bushwick Photographers”, Bushwick Community

       Darkroom, Brooklyn, New York

2013”Armature Art Space is Hells Gate, Halloween Show”, Armature Art Space, Brooklyn, New York

2013”I Profess My Love to Roberta Through a Collection of Art”, Armature Art Space, Brooklyn, New York

2013 “Arena”, Armature Art Space, Brooklyn,New York

2013 “Square”, Space Womb, Queens,New York

2013”BYOA”, The Living Gallery, Brooklyn,New York

2012”BYOA”, The Living Gallery, Brooklyn,New York

2006 “Cornwall Art Fair”, Town Hall, Cornwall, New York

2006 “SoWa Art Walk”, Boston, Massachusetts

2005 “SoWa Art Walk”, Boston, Massachusetts

2003 “Snafu”, Charybdis,Chicago, Illinois

2003 “Experimental Techniques” Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois