New Work from "Willful Wiles" by Kelly McKernanon view at Beep Beep Gallery with Marcy Starz in Atlanta, Georgia July 9th-30th, 2011
Not unlike a predator tracking prey merely for recreation, “Willful Wiles” exposes the animalistic impulses and desires that humans instinctively engage and subsequently indulge in. Choosing the contemporary female figure, Kelly McKernan and Marcy Starz explore the means by which their subjects entice and manipulate their unwitting victims, whether for the thrill of the chase or the affirmation of their adroit sexuality. The work draws correlations between the animalistic tendencies we continually exhibit as a civilized species and our own misguided self-perception - are we as composed as we would like to think, or do we act on impulse more than we would like to admit?
Kelly McKernan is a 2009 graduate of Kennesaw State University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Drawing and Painting. Over the last few years, she has been exhibiting her work locally with galleries such as Beep Beep Gallery, Young Blood Gallery, and MINT Gallery, as well as nationally with the likes of Thinkspace Gallery and Nucleus Gallery in Los Angeles as well as the prestigious Art Basel Miami. Kelly's work has been printed in numerous publications and she has been published as an illustrator for three children's books to date. She currently lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, Reed Cavanah.
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