About Local Language
Local Language Artist in Residence program offers space, time and facilities for artists in a multitude of disciplines to explore creative pursuits and further their art practice. Artists are invited to ...
Kelly Ording’s work employs intuition and intention that questions the limits of minimalism and representation. She compiles simple repetition, geometric patterns, and mathematical markings that contain an inherent capacity to evoke representation.
During her residency at Local Language, Ording sought to push beyond her historically two-dimensional framework by exploring sculptural concepts. This expansion birthed a new medium and series: Shadows and Light. Ording expanded her ideas on color, shape and line-work through layers of acrylic. Each layer is movable, further unlocking the possibilities of color and subtle pattern already inherent in each slice. Additionally, Ording experimented with depth and texture in her two-dimensional works by translating hand-painted lines into engraved patterns on wood. These CNC-routed planes mimic Ording’s more traditional works on paper and canvas, yet their precision and depth explore new dimensions through light and shadow.
Based in Oakland, California, Kelly Ording has exhibited internationally since graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2000. In addition to her works on paper, canvas and collages, Ording has created several large-scale public works and murals that can be seen in San Francisco’s landmark Clarion Alley, Unity Plaza in San Francisco, Facebook, Genentech, and other locations. Her work is included in several collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art collection, the San Francisco Arts Commission Public and Civic Art Collection, the Alameda County Collection, JP Morgan Chase Collection and the Ellie Mae Collection. She recently returned from traveling in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia with the Bagkit/Arise Project in association with Clarion Alley Mural Project and Indonesia Institute of the Arts. She currently devotes all her time to her artwork and family with fellow artist, Jet Martinez.