The New Social Environment#293

Keltie Ferris with Tom McGlynn


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Keltie Ferris joins artist and Rail Editor-at-Large Tom McGlynn for a conversation. We conclude with a performance from Serena Caffrey.

In this talk

Keltie Ferris

Keltie Ferris, photo by Mark Mahaney
Photo by Mark Mahaney
Known for his mostly large-scale canvases covered with layers of spray paint and hand-painted geometric fields, Keltie Ferris’ pixilated backgrounds and atmospheric foregrounds create perceptual depth that allows for multidimensional readings of his work. Characterized by a continuously expanding investigation into painting, his practice considers a multiplanar site for constructed light and shifting space. In his ongoing series of body prints, Ferris uses his own body like a brush, covering it with natural oils and pigments and pressing it against a canvas, to literalize the relationship of an artists’ identity to the work that he or she produces. Keltie Ferris was born in Kentucky in 1977 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Tom McGlynn

Portrait drawing of Tom McGlynn by Phong Bui
Portrait of Tom McGlynn by Phong Bui
Artist, writer, and independent curator Tom McGlynn is based in the NYC area. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian. He is the director of Beautiful Fields, an organization dedicated to socially-engaged curatorial projects, and is also currently a visiting lecturer at Parsons School of Design, The New School. McGlynn’s work is interested in the morphing of commercial signage into cyphers of phenomenal experience—minimalist, abstract arrangements of color. He holds an MFA from Hunter College and a BFA from the Ramapo College of New Jersey. Tom is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Serena Caffrey reading.

Serena Caffrey

Serena Caffrey
Transdisciplinary artist Serena Caffrey investigates time, longing, and land-body relationality. Embodiment is the creative hub of their practice, and her drawings, prints, text-based works, and collaborative, experimental films synthesize movement-based research that ranges from performative to athletic. Together these gestures question the im/possibility of settler belonging, otherworldliness, and the sublime.

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