Mary Reid Kelley
After considering some work that I don’t quite admire but still must deal with, it’s a relief to post on MRK.
She has been getting a lot of attention since she graduated from Yale last year. For a while I was sending her congratulatory notes but then it got to be kind of redundant, as reviews in Art Forum, Art in America, and mentions in the Nytimes kept a stream of praise coming her way. She won a Rema Hort Mann Foundation grant. Her work even inspired someone to sell color paintings based off of the video Sadie, the Saddest Sadist on Etsy.
I was lucky enough to be at her final crit, but not lucky enough to ever have her as a TA (my friends who did felt spoiled by her). What I love about MRK: she cares deeply about writing, research, aesthetics, and she works broadly. I think she has a lot more in common with Josiah McElheny than Ryan Trecartin. (I always think that when people bring him up it’s because they just don’t know very many video artists). She’s really invested in painting; her videos always seem to be painters’ videos.
I only wish that it didn’t take so long to make a body of work, let alone a video, to see where her work goes.