“With a recent flurry of singular videos, Jean-Paul Kelly has quickly established an unsettling and seductive set of concerns, examining issues of documentary representation and its reception. Kelly’s process frequently starts with found materials (such as films by Frederick Wiseman or Albert and David Maysles, Bridget Riley’s paintings, or Google Image search results) that he removes from its original context by refiltering or re-creating it through a peculiar, ruthless, and oblique logic. The films are imbued with both a distance and a bodily investment—direct representations become abstractions to examine deeper structures, responses, or worldviews. Desire and repulsion intertwine. Through this tension created between depersonalization and a deep subjectivity, Kelly’s videos do away with the anxiety of influence and reformulate this as perversion of influence.” —Chris Stults, Associate Curator of Film/Video, Wexner Center for the Arts

Jean-Paul Kelly (Canadian, b. 1977) is an artist exploring the relationship between materiality and perception. The videos, drawings, and photographs that Kelly makes pose questions about the limits of representation by examining complex associations between found photographs, videos, and sounds from documentaries, photojournalism, and online media streams. His work has exhibited at the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus), The Power Plant (Toronto), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Scrap Metal Gallery (Toronto), Mercer Union (Toronto), Gallery TPW (Toronto) and Tokyo Wonder Site. Recent screenings include New York Film Festival,Toronto International Film Festival, SBC Gallery (Montreal), Nightingale Cinema (Chicago), the Seoul Museum of Art, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. He was a Guest Artist at the 2013 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar and will be a resident at the Delfina Foundation (London) in 2015. Kelly received the 2014 Kazuko Trust Award from the Kazuko Trust and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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