UTSA Satellite Space presents 'The Grey Area' sculpture and wall relief exhibit

Artwork Moore
Artwork Kelley

Top photo: "Hoverplate F" by Devon Moore, hand-scored steel painted on reverse
Bottom photo: "I Breathe (Or at Least I Try): There is No Revolution Without Voice" by Kathy Kelley, recycled rubber

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(Feb. 2, 2010)--The UTSA Satellite Space will host "The Grey Area," an exhibition of sculptures and wall reliefs by Houston artists Devon Moore and Kathy Kelley, Feb. 4-21 at the gallery at Blue Star Arts Complex, Suite 115, at S. Alamo and Probandt streets. The exhibit is free and open to the public; an opening reception is 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4.

Moore's use of scored, folded and painted steel contrasts with Kelley's recycled industrial materials. Both artists deal with the increasingly blurred line between sculpture and painting, using monochromatic palettes to extremely different ends.

Moore's work is meticulous and meditative. The gleaming metal panels hover between traditional landscape and austere minimalism. Kelley's tube fabrications reference environmental and feminist issues with aggressive projections into space created from discarded material.

Kathy Kelley received her M.F.A. from the University of Houston in 2006. She is the founder of Box 13 ArtSpace, an experimental nonprofit art space in Houston.

"I am drawn to the symbolic and formal elements of decay, the way in which an object has been altered by its mere existence," said Kelley in her description of the exhibit. "The worn, broken, torn nature of the aged object seems to make it more real, more honest. So I collect decayed urban refuse. I hold onto it for a while. Cogitate. Eventually the formal and symbolic elements of the materials and my current research meld."

Devon Moore has exhibited his work extensively in Houston, Denver and throughout Texas. Exploiting the malleability and reflective qualities of sheet metal, his detailed scoring, painting and folding of the material explore the dichotomy between organic and machined forms as well as the human element of the process.

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The UTSA Satellite Space is the off-campus gallery of the UTSA Department of Art and Art History. Throughout the year, exhibitions are devoted to works by UTSA graduate students as well as nationally recognized professional artists. Since its first exhibition in 1993, the Satellite Space has become one of San Antonio's most respected venues for challenging contemporary art.

Gallery hours are 6-8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday; noon-6 p.m., Sunday; or by appointment. For more information or an appointment, contact Diana Roberts, gallery coordinator, at 210-212-7146 or the UTSA Department of Art and Art History at 210-458-4391.