Jay Kelly, Untitled #222, 2009. Metal, wood, gesso, and acrylic, 6.75 x 3.75 x 1.5 in.

Jay Kelly

New York

Jim Kempner Fine Art

Anyone familiar with Jay Kelly’s photorealist paintings of rusting cars and trucks, used tires, and industrial waste sites will be startled by the transformation in his recent sculptures and drawings. He has left verisimilitude behind, as if he had achieved all that he wanted in the field of realism and is now content to explore a new world notable for its delicacy of expression, small size, and ongoing conversation with spiritual matters. The two perceptions of form could not be further apart from each other. The gap between Kelly’s industrial realism and meta-physical abstraction makes it hard…see the full review in April’s magazine.