Danielle Kelly is an artist and writer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kelly’s project-based practice ranges from installation to performance and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Portland. Kelly’s writing has appeared in such regional publications as Las Vegas Weekly and Desert Companion. Kelly is the Executive Director and Curator of the Neon Museum. She has done a series of interviews with artists with ties to Las Vegas for celebration of our music issue.
What is your relationship to sound in the studio?
The sound of my neighbors working inspires my practice and work ethic. I love knowing someone near to me is working away just as vigorously as I am. I have to say that another favorite sound in my studio is of rain hitting the roof and wall of windows of this old mattress factory in San Francisco.
What is your relationship to music in the studio?
Though I don’t have music on in the studio at every moment, it is a consistent presence on a daily basis. I can get too heady with my practice and music can take me out of my head so that I work more intuitively. So, in some ways it is a device that I use strategically, and I pick music that either fits my mood or the mood of the work I am making.
Talking Heads, Eurythmics, Interpol, and the soundtrack from the movie A Single Man.
What would be your desert island studio record?
Well, this desert island is sometimes the studio itself, and in that case, I have always wanted to make a sound piece for artist friends and colleagues. I would build a mechanism with a sensor or the like that would trigger applause whenever an artist enters or leaves their studios. I have always been slightly jealous of musicians who have such an immediate relationship with their audience. Visual artists deserve applause too!
That was a digression though, and if stranded on a desert island, I would definitely take Verve Jazz Masters, Vol. 17: Nina Simone. Simone’s imploring vocals have always hit the right note in my studio and I have played this album since working in my very first studio in Atlanta in the late 1990s.
Laura Boles Faw’s work consists of investigations through sculptural objects and installations, curatorial projects, and collaborative ventures. She examines spatial and social constructions and looks to create new meanings and transformative fictions. In conjunction with her solo practice, Boles Faw collaborates with Cathy Fairbanks on a discursive project called ap-art-ment. Their recent show, About the Thing and the Thing Itself, was Las Vegas Weekly’s top pick for exhibitions in 2011. Her work has also been exhibited at VAST SPACE PROJECTS. Find out more about her on her website here.