‘Keltie Ferris: *O*P*E*N*’

Artists Jasper Johns, David Hammons and Yves Klein are well known for using the human body as a paint delivery system, as if it was a paintbrush. Add former Louisvillian Keltie Ferris to this list. Over time, she has developed a unique technique that involves covering her body in oil, lying on a large sheet of paper, and then sprinkling dry pigment over the oil stain. The results are colorful images of androgynous bodies underlining Ferris’ own fluid gender identity. Now living in Brooklyn, Ferris is showing in Louisville for the first time. The exhibition features her body prints and spray paintings.


Speed Art Museum
Free with admission
2035 S. Third St.

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‘Keltie Ferris: *O*P*E*N*’

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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