“The Truth and Beauty Paradox”

 Artist Chris Kelly at The Leiber Collection

Exhibition Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23 from 1 – 4pm

Artist Reception and Discussion, Sunday, June 23 at 4pm

East Hampton, NY – Please join us for an exhibition of Chris Kelly’s paintings and sculptures at The Leiber Collection, Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23 from 1 – 4pm.  An Artist Reception and Discussion “The Truth and Beauty Paradox” will take place on Sunday, June 23 at 4pm. 

From Chris Kelly:

“The hidden geometry of nature has been an ongoing source of inspiration for my work, most notably in the form of the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Sequence. With this new series of paintings and sculptures I have combined my interpretation of this geometry with my overall philosophy of art.

I believe that art should be, directly or indirectly, about the triumph of beauty and the human spirit. My ultimate goal as an artist is to create artworks that bring beauty into the world.

As I see it, creating art is a metaphor for how to approach living one’s life, both physically and conceptually. I always like to seek out and discover how things are connected, and while I am continually inspired by the geometry of nature, I am going deeper into how it not only connects humanity to the natural world, but how it connects us to each other.

This geometry is integral to who we are, all of us, and how we understand the functioning of the world. It speaks to something elemental and primal that is undeniable once you know how to look for it and how to find it.

Recently, someone asked me what I think about when I’m painting or sculpting. My answer was immediate, and I said “Life and death”. Because for me, even though I strive to create artworks that will hopefully bring joy and inspiration to others, they are grounded in the ever-present duality of the life struggle that all living things on this planet face. Creating something beautiful is a counterpoint to the potential tragedies in life, and I want to inspire others to feel the same way.”

Chris Kelly’s Artist Talk and Discussion will focus on the common thread that runs from the use of the Golden Ratio in art to the ongoing debate about the famous “Beauty is truth” quote by Keats.

Chris will discuss the link between the two, and how they continue to inspire his work and how they can apply to art in general.

What did Keats actually mean? Examples of beautiful works of art that are “untrue” will be part of the discussion, and there will also be examples of artworks based on truth that are not conventionally beautiful.

Come enjoy refreshments, and participate in a discussion of this fascinating topic led by Artist Chris Kelly.

Bring your questions and opinions.

The Leiber Collection is located at 446 Old Stone Highway in the East Hampton hamlet of Springs. For more information see the website at www.leibercollection.org, email info@leibercollection.org or call 631-329-3288.

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