Edward Kelley often addresses systems and actions within the human experience through a lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek approach. His chosen materials and forms document a personal investigation of habits, construction methods and societal norms. Belfry directly references historic, centrally located bell towers that, when rung, served as community signals. Their “message” to citizens might initiate celebrating, gathering or issue a warning. It also suggests, through the presence of an interactive, functioning cow bell, the role of herdsmen in controlling the movement of livestock. These references to community and herds become increasingly poignant and ironic as crowds of students pass by this central campus location.
Kelley received an MFA from Syracuse University in 2005 and is currently a Sculpture Studio Assistant and 3-D design instructor at Drake University.
Kelley recently received a 2014 Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation grant and was included in the exhibition Public Space One, Iowa City, IA in 2013.
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