Portents: Cycle 1



Jared Pappas-Kelley

Jared Pappas-Kelley is an artist and writer. His recent book Solvent Form: Art and Destruction was published by Manchester University Press and his newest collection To Build a House that Never Ceased: Writings, Interviews, and Letters on Art was just released in late July of 2020. His forthcoming book and project Stalking America is rooted in vaguely autobiographical material, overheard conversations, scrap paper notes, other people’s rooms, watching from afar, nothings, and a sense of misspent history, it’s a conceptual novel in the old sense of the word.

Often his work takes the form of video or installation, but lately he has been working on a suite of sound/video-based pieces developed entirely from material culled from bonsai tutorials on YouTube. The working title for this project is Sandai-Shogun-No Matsu: the bonsai modes and will also be released as a series of audio recordings. His work has exhibited internationally at places such as San Francisco MoMA (U.S.), Mass MoCA (U.S), Five Years (London), Islington Mill (Manchester), and Glasgow International as part of the National Review of Live Art.