ALBANY, N.Y. (February 22, 2016) — Keltie Ferris is not one of your defensive, intensely self-protective artists.
The Brooklyn-based abstract painter, whose "Body Prints and Paintings" exhibition is on view at the University Art Museum through April 2, welcomes the observer to view her art without intimidation. What matters, she says, is totally our reaction. If we're bored, well, then, we're bored. If we're rejuvenated (and it seems that her art is more likely to do that), then we're rejuvenated.
This exhibition depicts the evolution of Keltie's body prints from singular black and white impressions to multiple and increasingly colorful serial progressions. For the last three years, body prints have become a significant extension of her layered approach to image-making. She creates marks — smeared, sprayed and hand-painted — that solidify or dissolve into abstractions with a sense of perceptual depth.
One gallery said her work "allows for multi-dimensional readings." Sounds like we can just look, and react, any way we feel . . . unintimidated.