Tatana Kellner’s work compasses installation, photography, drawing and artist’s books. She uses these media to comment on contemporary culture. Her work has been featured in over 25 solo exhibitions, most recently at the CEPA Gallery, Kentler International Drawing Space, the Everson Museum, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, NY, and SUNY Art Museum in Albany. Tatana is the recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, a Puffin Foundation Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, and a Ruth Chenven Foundation Grant. She has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Banff Centre for the Arts, Visual Studies Workshop, Saltonstall Art Colony, Millay Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Artpark, Blue Mountain Center, Jentel, Fundación Valparaiso, Hessisches Landes Museum in Darmstadt, Germany, and The Ragdale Foundation. Her work is featured in Catherine Nash’s new book, AUTHENTIC VISUAL VOICES™: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic and Robert Hirsch’s Transformational Imagemaking, Focal Press, 2014.
au•gust art festival project
Tatana Kellner is creating an installation inspired by the Golden Rule, the single greatest, simplest, and most important moral axiom humanity has ever invented, one which reappears in the writings of almost every culture and religion throughout history. Using the text of the Golden Rule from 13 major religions and cultures, these dictums will come alive in white sand on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. Throughout the day(s), as the trail is walked or biked upon, the text will slowly disperse, eventually disappearing, only to re-emerge in a different location on the trail the next day. With this work, Tatana hopes to inspire the passers-by to wonder and reflect on compassion and consider its place in our daily lives. This action will also serve as a metaphor for the unending quest to practice what we preach. It will remind us that the road we have to travel to reach this moral dictum is never ending.