Carbon Trace 19 by Patrick Kelly

  • Title: Carbon Trace 19
  • Artist: Patrick Kelly
  • Medium: Graphite
  • Size: 14"h x 18"w
  • Creation date: 2015
  • Added to collection: 2016
  • Donor: Purchased by Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus
  • Campus: Rock Creek
  • Location: B2/2 Hallway gallery rm 255c

This drawing by Patrick Kelly is part of the artist's Carbon Traces series which he exhibited at Nationale Gallery (Portland) in 2015.  May Barruel, director of Nationale, describes Kelly's work as "challenging space in order to manipulate perception." By using  hand-cut stencils to trace an initial design, Kelly moves the stencil in increments, leaving a trail of built-up edges. "The result of this laborious repetition is amorphous and seductive, " writes Barruel.  "The graphite that Kelly uses subtly absorbs and reflects light, thereby invigorating the drawing with an atypical sense of sculptural depth. Meanwhile, the line of the individual contour merges through endless reiterations into a new object, a distant, haunted trace of its original state."