Michael, an exhibition by Dodd Fellow in Photography Forest Kelley, imagines the life of the artist’s uncle, an artist and gay man who was found dead at the base of a rock ledge—a presumed suicide—on June 14th, 1985, shortly after the first test for HIV antibody was licensed by the Food and Drug Administration. This work is less concerned with finding answers; its preoccupation is with the unknowable, with visualizing the memories, dreams, speculation, hopes, and fears that continue to resonate in his family and community. It is an attempt to do exactly what the artist cannot: to be alive within all of the trappings of another’s subjectivity and to illustrate internalized images with external ones.
Kelley's works will be on view Thursday, March 1 through Friday, March 23, 2018 in the Suite and Plaza Galleries. The opening reception for Michael is on Thursday, March 1 at 5:00 pm.
Forest Kelley received an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in Social Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. For the past three years, he has taught photography, digital art, and time-based media at institutions including Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Rochester, and Syracuse University. Kelley currently curates Hardigree Hall, an exhibition space at the Lamar Dodd School of Art that seeks to expose students to emerging critical voices within contemporary photography while activating a dialogue that privileges diversity and values photography’s inherent proximity to social engagement.