Right Here/ Over There: Kelsie Rudolph


Right Here / Over There: Thesis exhibition by MFA candidate, Kelsie Rudolph
Monday, March 26th – Friday, March 29th, 2018
Verbal Defense: Tuesday, March 27th at 11:00 am
Reception: Thursday, March 29th from 6:00  –  8:00 pm

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is pleased to announce Right Here / Over There, a thesis exhibition by MFA candidate, Kelsie Rudolph, from Monday, March 26th – Friday, March 29th , 2018. Rudolph’s verbal defense will take place Tuesday, March 27th at 11:00 am in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery and is open to the public. The closing reception will be held Thursday, March 29th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Rudolph’s objects in Right Here / Over There allude to architectural spaces such as walls, stairs and pathways, yet are abstracted and non-utilitarian. Though referential in scale and form, Rudolph’s use of mundane everyday materials such as soft faux furs, crocheted yarn, and latex paint employ the viewer’s physical senses. However, these materials are applied in unconventional relationships, giving the viewer the opportunity to create their own narrative. A dialogue unravels between the objects: from material swatches on the wall to the materials themselves used within the objects. A vernacular of form further propels this conversation throughout the gallery space, turning these uncanny objects familiar once again.

Meaning is derived through the emotionally loaded act of feeling. Our senses are a universal aspect to the human condition, creating a commonality across cultures. Right Here / Over There invites the viewer to actively engage these senses, accessing their own personal memories through simple material comparisons.

Kelsie Rudolph is a Montana based artist working primarily in ceramic sculpture. She received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2013. Her work stems from a utilitarian perspective, heavily influenced from her time working as an apprentice to wood-fire potter Simon Levin. She worked collaboratively building two wood-fire kilns with Levin in Hangzhou, China in 2014, followed by a short residency there to teach the students firing techniques.

A four-month residency at Tainan National University of the Arts in Tainan, Taiwan in 2016 gave Rudolph the time and space to explore large scale sculpture, as well as cultural complexities. An invitation to show at the International School of Art in Havana, Cuba in 2017 further propelled this interest in the overlap between cultural and sensorial human commonalities.

Workshops at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana; the Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village, Colorado; as well as her everyday life in Bozeman, Montana, give her time to reflect on her own culture in relation to the others she has experienced, heavily influencing her interest in where humans all fundamentally overlap, from the engagement of our senses to the narratives we develop around place and objects. For more information on her recent works visitwww.kelsierudolph.com.

Finally, Right Here/ Over There is the first of the three MFA candidates, Rachael Marne Jones who will be presenting her thesis exhibition, The Deep Now in conjunction with The Seed Bank Project from Monday, April 2nd – Friday, April 6th, 2018.

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall, across from the Aasheim Gate off of 11th, with the Ski Swing out front. Please note that the parking passes are required for parking during the business day (6AM – 6PM). Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM/Closed on weekends.