There's a lot going on in Kathryn Kelley's installation at Art League Houston. For starter's, there's the title -- "The uncontrollable nature of grief and forgiveness (or lack of)" -- which is accompanied by several stanzas of a poem on the gallery wall.
Beyond text, in her exploration of grief and forgiveness, Kelley primarily employs materials that seem to be pulled straight from a junkyard. Pieces of wood have random hinges and spools of rubber have even tracked in leaves. The rubber takes on various forms throughout the space, most prominently as three rubbery specters that cascade from the ceiling, with teal picture frames jutting out at odd angles. Attesting to their haunting quality, Kelley calls these "monsters in the attic."
Floating planks of wood also play a starring role, suspended from the middle of the ceiling in a slight spiral shape like a bridge to nowhere. They look like thin fragments of doors, with doorknobs still attached. Other planks of reclaimed wood are used to create an impractical, wildly out-of-proportion chair. It even leans against the wall, discarded for its impracticality.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 18. Continues through March 8, 2013