Kelly Andres
Since 2008
Works in montreal Canada

BIO
My current work intermingles ecology and energies; from living cellular species such as plants and micro-organisms; from electronic mediums such as radio waves, electrons, and photons, into the form of interactive installations and performances for specific social and geophysical sites. I often work with common or overlooked organisms (due to size or perceived insignificance) such as yeast, funghi, poultry, and plant to facilitate a perceptual shift -- thus the installations and sculptures are participatory and alive. This process involves an appropriation of materials and techniques from an unfamiliar discipline into the performative gesture - current influences are from laboratory science, botany, horticulture, and the culinary arts. The projects then interweave these novel techniques into an aesthetic form of amateurism to question knowledge acquisition, the role of the generalist, and techne. Many of the works decompose, gradually breakdown, or synthesize to encourage compositional and material transitions. By documenting growth or change within the properties of different elements (state transitions), I am interested in systems that simultaneously evoke a sense of autonomy and a poetics of hope while considering influential paradigms that maintain dualistic relationships between the inanimate and the biological, the human and nonhuman. I want to create a "situation" that cannot be instantly classified - that is hybrid and confusing in an attempt to escape categorization. Lately, I am thinking about the notion of duration -- the “life” or the ephemeral quality of artworks that incorporate living materials and the ethical questions that are emerging for artists who work with living organisms.

Biography

Andres’ work has been exhibited at the Science Gallery, Dublin (with the Grafting Parlour), M:ST Performance Art Festival, Calgary, Free Radio Banff, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Babel Art Gallery, Norway, ISEA 2008, Singapore, Signal and Noise, Vancouver, CONFLUX 2007, New York, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery and Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge. Andres has had residences at Media Lab Prado, Madrid, e-MobiLArt (Greece, Finland, Austria), ISEA 2008, Singapore, Studio XX, Montreal, The Banff Centre and the Banff New Media Institute, Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim Norway and Foundation Kuenstlerdorf Schöppingen, Germany. Her work has been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Alberta Ecotrust. She is a PhD candidate at Concordia University, Montreal, in the Interdisciplinary Humanities program.