Kelly Best: Out Lines
Art in the Bar
Using photographs of architectural structures as the starting point for her work, Kelly Best strips these back to basic shapes and forms. Parts of the background are painted over and the shape becomes more apparent; buildings become a series of vertical lines intercepted by voids where the canvas or paper has been left untouched, bridges span empty spaces and hang helplessly on the canvas.
Best is interested in the irregular spaces that begin to appear during the early construction process of drawing and painting. The simple use of line and colour in her most recent work creates a curious false sense of perspective; shadows appear to drop from the surface of walls, altering your view of the space around you.
Out Lines is a new piece of work made in direct response to the space and architecture of Chapter’s Caffi Bar and brings together several ideas that Best has been developing during her recent residency at g39, Cardiff.
Kelly Best was born in Kent in 1984 and completed her BA Fine Art painting degree at Kingston University, London. She now lives and works in Cardiff. Recent exhibitions include ‘Unit(e) Residency’, g39, Cardiff (2014); ‘Y Lle Celf’, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Denbigh, ‘Painting Exhibition’, Studio B, Cardiff (both 2013); ‘John Moores Painting Prize’, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, ‘Cardiff Open 2012’, Cardiff, ‘Door Painting Prize’, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol (all 2012).
Image: Kelly Best, Untitled Drawing, 2013, coloured pencil on paper