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Stainless Dreaming by Lee Kelly

  • Title: Stainless Dreaming
  • Artist: Lee Kelly
  • Medium: Stainless Steel
  • Size: 187"h x 216"w
  • Added to collection: 2003
  • Donor: Purchased by Portland Community College, Rock Creek campus
  • Campus: Rock Creek
  • Location: Outside B7 - Center campus walkways

Lee Kelly's unmistakable sculptures can be found in many public collections in the Northwest. Stainless Dreaming exemplifies the artist's style and technique, in which he welds together pieces of stainless steel, working the surfaces to create pattern and gesture. His abstract forms address and often shape the spaces around them, as if they were doors or openings. Kelly, who was born in Idaho, attended the Museum Art School (now the Pacific Northwest Museum of Art.) He has traveled widely, particularly in India and Nepal, whose architecture, colors, and patterns have had a profound effect on his work.