Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

ADAA Fair Park Avenue | Booth A23

ADAA Fair Park Avenue | Booth A23

adaa show, installation view 24 by kelly heaton

Kelly Heaton

ADAA Show, Installation View 24, 2013

adaa show, installation view 09 by kelly heaton

Kelly Heaton

ADAA Show, Installation View 09, 2013

night tree by kelly heaton

Kelly Heaton

Night Tree, 2013

electrolier (summer night) by kelly heaton

Kelly Heaton

Electrolier (Summer Night), 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013Sunday, March 10, 2013


New York, NY USA

Kelly Heaton, mixing painting, analog circuitry, and sculpture creates electrically powered artworks. Electrolier (Summer Night)(2012-13) takes the form of a glittering sculptural chandelier of leaves, moths, and nocturnal fauna, and pulses with the sparkling lights and various vibrant chirps of the countryside at night.

Electrolier is accompanied by small diagrammatic studies which detail the hand constructed circuits used in the sculpture and correspond to the leaves alight with fireflies, moths and other nocturnal insects. The diagrams are heat-transferred onto flexible copper-clad material; and the negative space is etched away leaving the printed circuit soldiered to the component parts of Electrolier.

Electrified landscapes, Spout Run at Dusk (2012), Summer Insects (Midday July) (2012), and The Night Tree (2012- 13), provide visceral summations of nature’s naturalistic and spiritual pleasures. The sounds of crickets, cicada, and birds are electrical phenomena and when the works are “turned off,” their dormant surfaces continue to sparkle with shiny plastic parts, the glint of lead solder, and the lively interplay of seemingly infinite, miniature electronic components: resistors, capacitors, and transistors; transformers, sensors, and timers. None of the sounds are recordings; analog electronic circuits, designed by Heaton to generate this audio-visual show, adhere to the paintings’ surfaces.

Their electronic components will eventually wear out or need replacement, some components lasting thousands of hours. Audio and video recordings archive each work. The temporal aspect invites a comparison to impermanent sand mandalas. Non-electrified sketches and watercolors made during the nine-year period that Heaton taught herself analog electrical engineering are also part of this body of work.

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts exhibited Heaton in a solo show entitled The Parallel Series which ran from September 8 – October 27 of 2012. Jerry Saltz reviewed The Parallel Series in New York Magazine: “Sculptor, seer, scientist, spiritualist Kelly Heaton allows us to glimpse the ghost in the machine… Heaton replicates the world while seeming to tap into the cosmic mainframe. Conjuring objects that have life but that are built to die one day makes her cryptic work akin to witnessing engineered Emily Dickinson poems come to life.” The critic Kim Levin described Heaton’s solo show, Live Pelt in 2003 “as conceptually perfect” in The Village Voice. The multi-media installation deconstructed the Tickle Me Elmo doll as a vector to channel information about America’s Pop culture and its historical fur trade, and featured The Surrogate, a vibrating coat fashioned from the electronics of 64 pre-owned Elmos won at eBay auctions.

Trained in art and science, Kelly Heaton received her Bachelor of Art from Yale University in 1994, her Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000, and was awarded a residency at the Duke University Department of Computer Science in 2002.