Robert Kelly: Minutia

Gallery 1C03


Robert Kelly, The Book of A (detail), 2004, hard cover book - Image courtesy of the artist

Gallery 1C03 presents

Robert Kelly: Minutia

March 3 - April 2, 2011

Opening reception: March 3, 4 - 6 p.m. at Gallery 1C03
Artist's lecture in collaboration with Alliance for Arts Education in Manitoba: "The Creative Disposition: Understanding Creativity Competencies and Creative Maturity", March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall (3rd floor, Centennial Hall)
Artist's talk:
March 4 at 12:30 p.m. in Gallery 1C03

Calgary-based artist Robert Kelly will present Minutia at Gallery 1C03, a conceptual installation consisting of eleven books of concrete poetry displayed on lecterns arranged in a circular formation. The bookworks are based on the eleven words from the sentence fragment “the first time I heard the sound of a page turning.” The essence of this installation is that awareness of minutiae is fundamental to meaningfulness. Minutia demonstrates this by isolating and recontextualizing components from the English language to create an arena in which to explore meaning.

Robert Kelly is a conceptual artist and educator who works in various media that include painting, printmaking, installation and performance. Kelly teaches creativity theory and practice, studio art and design and curriculum theory and design for the faculties of art and education at the University of Calgary. The editor of two recent publications on creativity as a primary rationale for education, Kelly has delivered many lectures and workshops on the subject of creativity and educational practice and serves as a consultant for the new Fine Arts Curriculum Initiative for the Alberta Ministry of Education. Kelly has presented his art in solo and group exhibitions across Alberta and in British Columbia and Ontario. Since its initial presentation at the Nickle Arts Museum in Calgary, Minutia has also been shown at the Maltwood Gallery in Victoria and at the McIntosh Gallery in London, Ontario. Minutia is Robert Kelly's first solo exhibition in Manitoba.

Gallery 1C03 gratefully acknowledges financial assistance for this project from The University of Winnipeg, the Manitoba Arts Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Regular Gallery Hours:

Monday - Friday, noon - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 1 - 4 p.m.
Admission to Gallery, reception, artist's lecture and artist's talk are free and open to all.

Jennifer Gibson
Curator, Gallery 1C03
The University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9
Ph: 204.786.9253
F: 204.774.4134