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Kelly Inouye
Push Comes to Shove | Paintings by Kelly Inouye | Marrow Gallery in San Francisco
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Watercolor on Paper, 22 x 30 inches, beautifully framed in natural maple with a red face

This painting depicts wrestler Kyoko Inoue pinning her opponent Vixsin, and is titled for Maud Lavin’s 2010 collection of essays exploring portrayals of ‘aggressive’ women film, art, and contemporary culture.

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Kelly Inouye
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I use watercolor to explore contemporary culture.

Kelly Falzone Inouye works with watercolor on paper at large scale, pushing pigments around to form images that wash in and out of realism and abstraction, exploring the different ways fragments of media act upon and reflect our collective subconscious.

The paintings in her recent series “Against the Ropes” were inspired by the televised world of women’s professional wrestling and feminist writing on the topic of anger. The works depict skilled athletes dressed as extreme personas staging choreographed physical battles; pushing, shoving, choking and slamming against portrayals of the female body as docile, passive, and available within mainstream culture, art history, and social media.

She has presented solo exhibitions at venues including Marrow Gallery in San Francisco and Interface Gallery in Oakland. Notable group exhibitions include “The de Young Open” at The de Young Museum and “Contemporary Watercolor” at Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York City. Kelly has been awarded public art projects by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and was a finalist for the Creative Capital award in 2015.

She is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute (MFA 2008) and UC San Diego (BA 1998). Her work is represented by Marrow Gallery in San Francisco.