INTERIM, 1984-89

Interim, Kelly’s second large-scale installation, which includes Part I: Corpus, Part II: Pecunia, Part III: Historia, and Part IV: Potestas, explores themes concerned with the construction of feminine subjectivity. In Corpus, the artist’s first person narratives explore fantasies of aging, filtered through discourses of fashion, medicine and fiction. Each group of six panels is named after one of the five passionate attitudes that psychiatrist Jean-Martin Charcot attributed to hysterical women in the late-nineteenth century. Extase, Menacé, Supplication, Érotisme and Appel are each represented by an item of clothing folded or tied three different ways, one to accompany each narrative. The shadows cast by the photo laminates underscore the artist’s avoidance of figurative representation, and strategic use of the indexical sign. Pecunia evokes the problematic relation to money, while Potestas exposes the subtle encoding of power in everyday life, and Historia reflects on women’s time.

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Interim, 1984 - 1989
Installation in four parts
Background left,
Postestas,

Background right, Corpus
Foreground, Historia
Dimensions Variable
Installation View, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 1990

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Interim Part I: Corpus, 1984 - 85
Laminated photo positive, silkscreen, acrylic on Plexiglas
30 panels, 36 x 48 x 2 inches each

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Detail, Menace, 1 of 6 panels
Laminated photo positive, silkscreen, acrylic on Plexiglas
30 panels total, 36 x 48 x 2 inches

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Detail, Menace, 1 of 6 panels
Laminated photo positive, silkscreen, acrylic on Plexiglas
30 panels total, 36 x 48 x 2 inches

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Interim Part II: Pecunia, 1989
Installation View, New Museum of Contemporary Art
Silkscreen on galvanized steel
20 units, 16 x 6.5 x 11.5 inches each
Collection, Vancouver Art Gallery

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Detail, Conju, 1 of 4 sections
Silkscreen on galvanized steel
20 units, 16 x 6.5 x 11.5 inches each

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Detail, Conju, 1 of 4 sections
Silkscreen on galvanized steel
20 units, 16 x 6.5 x 11.5 inches each

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Interim, Part III: Historia, 1989
Oxidized steel, silkscreen, stainless steel on wood base
4 units, 61 x 36 x 29 ins. each
Collection, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina

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Historia, Detail, 1 of 4 units
Oxidized steel, silkscreen, stainless steel on wood base
4 units, 61 x 36 x 29 ins. each
Collection, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina

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Interim, Part IV: Potestas, 1989
Etching, brass and mild steel (edition of 2)
14 units, 100 x 114 x 2 ins. overall dimensions
Collection, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Collection, Helsinki City Art Museum

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Potestas, Detail, 1 of 14 units
Etching, brass and mild steel (edition of 2)
14 units, 100 x 114 x 2 ins. overall dimensions
Collection, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Collection, Helsinki City Art Museum