In anticipation of Brooklyn-based artist, Kelly Denato’s solo show opening on March 14 at myplasticheart, we asked her some questions to illuminate the artistic process as she developed the body of work for this show. Today, Kelly discusses the use of color and light in her paintings, two key elements that have set her illustrative work apart from others. Over the next week and a half, as we lead up to opening night, we’ll continue to reveal sneak previews of her artwork and more of what Kelly has to say about “Sweet Nothings”.
Please talk a bit about the use of light and color in your artwork.
“Color and light are integral to my process. They aren’t necessarily used as a representation of any sort of realism but more as tools to express shape and mood. I choose a color theme and placement of light before I get into the more detailed aspects of the paintings. When I work with groups, or clusters, of paintings, I plan the light and color of all the pieces simultaneously. Then I layout the work accordingly and apply color to all the pieces at once planning for a flow of light and color that will visually link the pieces throughout the cluster while also being conscious of how the light and color would effect each individual piece. I enjoy the impermanence of this as the only time the pieces will be seen together as a whole, as they were created, is at the show they were created for.”
New Works by Kelly Denato
Opening Reception Friday, March 14th 2014
6:00PM – 9:00PM
Exhibition runs through April 6th