The most subtle details can have a tremendous effect on an object and the way it’s perceived. In this case, changing the beveled edges, ever so slightly, shifts the entire feel of the sculpture. A multitude of conceptual references are found in this piece: being built up and sanded down, beauty coming from pain, exhilaration found in adventure, outer polish combined with inner strength. This sculpture transforms a setting while simultaneously being influenced by its surroundings.
Each component in this piece is painstakingly hand-sculpted; the smooth exterior balanced by a rough interior. Encased in layers of metal with a mirror-polished pure 24 karat gold exterior, the spikes are suspended by 24 karat gold custom wire. LED lighting inside the components, and in the gold canopy, transforms the sculpture into a fully functional lighting piece.
OPEN EDITION FINISH: 24 karat gold BULBS: LED DIMENSIONS: 24x9” (Canopy size) 36x9” 48x12” 60x15” 72x18” CUSTOM LEAD TIME: 16-20 weeks (excluding delivery) LEAD TIME FOR CUSTOM: Varies ORIGIN: New York, NY PRICE UPON REQUEST
The LONDON Lamp
Designed to push the juxtapositional boundaries of “edgy meets elegant” in both the piece and its function, the LONDON Lamp maquette was destined to become a cast bronze sculpture and simultaneously intended to be worn as a fascinator to a fundraising event to support women in theatre. Both the finished sculpture and maquette hat evoke a variety of reactions and spur conversation.
LIMITED EDITION of 21 and 2 APs
MATERIALS: Cast bronze utilizing the lost wax method BULB: up to 65watt FINISH: custom patina DIMENSIONS: approx 16” x 26“ LEAD TIME: 16-18 weeks (excluding delivery) ORIGIN: New York, NY
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The ASPEN Sconce
COMING SOON! The ASPEN Sconce
Hand-sculpted contrasting high-polished and rough textures, each ASPEN Sconce is hand-cast and hand-finished upon order, mounted with LED lighting inside and behind the piece.
MATERIALS: Cast metal DIMENSIONS: Wall plate: 17.5" tall x 6.5" wide at top Sculpted Sconce is 14x5" FINISHES: Steel Finish Matte Black 24 Karat Gold Matte Navy Exterior/24 Karat Gold Leaf Interior ORIGIN: New York, NY
Art meets function. Sculpture or occasional table? Both. Patientia means “perseverance” in Latin. This piece embodies an incredible amount of perseverance while appearing deceitfully simple. Once again, in attempt to balance a sense of daring excitement with elegant and subtle gracefulness, this piece utilizes multiple finishes. The sophisticated finishes enhance the viewer’s experience interacting with the light and the setting in which it is placed. Several glass tops are offered, transforming it into a fully functional coffee, or occasional, table.
LIMITED EDITION: Bronze 9/1AP
MATERIALS: cast bronze (inquire for cast stainless steel) FINISH: polished bronze or steel and custom patina DIMENSIONS: approx 20”Diameter x 18”Tall WEIGHT: 168 pounds LEAD TIME: 16-18 weeks (excluding delivery) ORIGIN: New York, NY
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BREAKING SISYPHUS: Enough is enough.
In Greek mythology, Sisyphus is condemned to roll an immense boulder up a mountain, only for it to roll down when he reached the top, over and over for all eternity.
My experience is that each of us has times in our lives, pushing the same huge boulders, only to see our efforts erased. Forced to start again, and start again, it can be easy to lose faith.
This limited edition line celebrates the relentless courage of those facing seemingly insurmountable odds, battles almost impossible to win, the futility of striking back against the harshness and pains of the human condition.
For me personally, this project is also a declaration...ENOUGH. At times this past year it has felt as though I am rolling not one boulder, but hundreds. Breaking Sisyphus is my way of saying ENOUGH of all of it.
These cast bronze pieces represent overcoming, triumph, and VICTORY!
MATERIALS: cast bronze using the lost wax method FINISH: hand applied patina exterior, polished bronze interior to reflect the light SMALL DIMENSIONS: 5.5" diameter x 6.5" tall WEIGHT: 8 pounds LARGE DIMENSIONS: 9" diameter x 12" tall WEIGHT: 15 pounds LEAD TIME: 12-16 weeks (excluding delivery) ORIGIN: New York, NY
Are there great artists that have been immune to struggle? Seeking adventure yet never fathoming how hard life would be; perhaps this is part of any great story.
Multiple renowned foundries insisted The FORGOTTEN sculpture would be impossible to cast in bronze. Countless stories core to the human experience are expressed: relentless perseverance, heartache and struggle, hope and fear, overcoming, and barely hanging on. Everything that has built up and led to this point has, at times, held back; it's pushed forward, tied down, yet there's still a fight to break free.
The ache of feeling forgotten permeates adventure along with the awareness of being “too much” and “not enough”. Hope is always present, cast like the metal in the piece, it won't let go as it strangles like wrapping roots. Tears of happiness, devastation, accompanying laughter and cathartic release all feed the roots that support and also restrain.
Painful words become valued, as they play on repeat year after year, and never allow for settling. Perfectionism comes from hurt and enables the extraordinary. Perseverance beyond what's considered “healthy” leads to breakthrough quitting never could. Brokenness can heal and beauty can come from pain. Like like, it's beautiful and ugly, orderly and messy all at once.
Ultimately, these things form character and fuel art in a unique and intriguing manner not otherwise possible.
LIMITED EDITION of 6 and 2APs
MATERIALS: cast bronze FINISH: custom patina DIMENSIONS: approx 18” x 26” WEIGHT: 65 pounds LEAD TIME: 18-20 weeks (exculding delivery) ORIGIN: New York, NY
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FREEDOM within reach
The tension of the reach...Freedom? Help? Hope? Hurt? The tension of hope. Straining, reaching further, trying harder could result in grasping and holding on, even pulling up. Or maybe someone will rescue, someone will lift up and out. An ending, a beginning and somewhere in between.
LIMITED EDITION of 8 and 1AP
MATERIALS: cast stainless steel OPTIONAL: glass top secured in the knot (becomes a 14" occasional table) FINISH: custom DIMENSIONS: 25" tall WEIGHT: 15 pounds LEAD TIME: 18-20 weeks (excluding delivery) ORIGIN: New York, NY
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What is within a seed? In a teardrop?
Hope • Life • Beauty • Joy • Pain • Sorrow • Frustration • Elation • Past • Future • Dreams • Possibility
BLOOM: A juxtaposition of strong and delicate; beauty, perseverance, life, pain, growth from difficulty.
Every petal, every flower, formed by hand: the creation of BLOOM required over 500 hours. Representative of perseverance, hope that refuses to quit, blooming and growing even though the ground is rocky and hard. Some petals are perfect, others have slight marks. Like bruises from a storm, scars from life, marks and fingerprints seen on the finished piece are intentional.
Bloom is offered in several Limited Edition forms:
45 x 11.75 inch panels that can be displayed as a leaning piece of art, or mounted as sides of a table. Orders can specify the panel be cut into smaller pieces
DIMENSIONS: 45 x 11.75" panels MATERIALS: Aluminum Resin Composite FINISHES: 8 Aluminum Finish 8 Black 8 Gold ORIGIN: Cast Bronze using lost wax made to order LEAD TIME: inquire ORIGIN: USA
Unretouched photo: Bloom Cast in Metal
MATERIALS: Acrylic on canvas ORIGIN: Colorado
IMAGES SHOWN FOR THE PURPOSE OF HIGHLIGHTING ONE MEDIUM IN THE KELLY KIEFER WHEELHOUSE
A great deal of engineering at every turn, the intense edges of Alexander and the pure 24 karat gold exterior complement one another in this statement piece. Illuminated by LED lighting interspersed through the piece, the mirror-polished surfaces enable the light to interact with the sculpture, its surrounding, and even the natural light that changes in the setting throughout the day.
LIMITED EDITION of 7 and 1AP FINISH: 24 karat gold DIMENSIONS: custom. shown approx 36"x36" LEAD TIME: 24 weeks (exculding delivery) ORIGIN: New York, NY
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TOP: Like many corporate stories, the piece appears straight forward at first glance and multilayered as one understands more. It's simple and complicated. Simple things have become more complex over time and those complex have become more refined and streamlined.
MATERIALS: Brass, Glass, Acrylic, LED DIMENSIONS: Custom WEIGHT: Custom LEAD TIME: 16-20 weeks (excluding delivery) ORIGIN: Colorado
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BELOW: Conceptual rendering of a stainless steel and glass sculpture
Once housing the Kelly Kiefer portfolio, The CUBE traveled in its own seat on the airplane. Met with intrigue and curiosity during its travels and when being viewed for the first time, it reminds one of the dynamic effect the element of surprise can have when interacting with art. Connected with clients via word-of-mouth referral, the theatrical process of experiencing The CUBE gave viewers insight in to the Kelly Kiefer process and tangible exmaples of past work. The piece posed some logistical challenges: removing one to four of the panels on each side to reveal hidden vignettes beneath meant the Rare Earth magnets recessed (and finished over so they were unseen) had to be strong enough to hold the side panels on yet not so strong that they conflicted with one another or kept the panels from being removed. Like walking through a gallery, the time involved in experiencing the piece, answered questions and provided a deep, cohesive, understanding of the Kelly Kiefer work than possible at first glance.
EXTERIOR MATERIALS: Nickel-plated steel and silver leaf over hard wood INTERIOR MATERIALS: Marble, Rare Earth Magnets, Hand Carved Alder wood, Lasercut Acrylic, Resin, Swarovksi Crystals, Silk, iPads, Acrylic Paint, Clay, and more FINISH: custom glaze DIMENSIONS: approx 13” x 13“ x 13" ORIGIN: Colorado
SHOWN PIECE: not for sale INQUIRE FOR SIMILAR WORK
As an artist, Kelly Kiefer is always venturing into new media. Known for sophistication and attention to detail, sometimes Kiefer's work expresses a darker, edgier side; edgy but still elegant, dark but still beautiful.
Kelly Kiefer's work is often interactive in more ways than one. One page of a fully interactive website viewable online several years ago when the Kelly Kiefer focus was on commission work: every page was designed and hand-drawn by Kelly. Working with the Kelly Kiefer team, the pieces in the image were coded to be fully 3D and the door on each page opened to an interactive mixed media film.
Hand sculpted skull and freeze dried airbrushed flowers, photographed for a print.
Sculptural concept rendered for renown commercial architecture firm.
Mixed Media iPad
Once again, perseverance, curiosity, and artisan expertise are combined with incredible tangible materials to evoke the intangible emotions of intrigue and surprise. The interactive mixed-media piece showcases various films; titanium gears turn with a secret key and engage motorized components that execute the opening of the case revealing the iPad hidden within which automatically raises for viewing. Given the importance of the piece, Kelly utilized a many important materials and techniques: The African Ebony wood is often used for royalty, and the custom titanium gears were hand drawn before being translated into language for water jet cutting. The piece took eighteen months to complete, required the collaboration of 20 various experts within the Kelly Kiefer team including mechanical and electrical engineers, and consists of custom fabricated and parts imported from around the world.
MATERIALS: African Ebony, Titanium, Hammered Bronze, French Reamy glass, Gilt Polished Titanium Hand-carved Wood, Motors, Controllers DIMENSIONS: 15” x 12“ x 5" ORIGIN: Colorado
SHOWN NOT FOR SALE: Similar pieces functioning as a cigar humidor or jewelry storage have been envisioned FURTHER INFORAMTION UPON REQUEST
Limited Edition of 3
Resin and Steel
18 “ tall, glass sits at approximately 15.5” from the ground
33”L x 21”W x 18”T Sculpture
41” x 28 x 1/2” Starphire Glass Table Top
Lead Time: 8-12 weeks
Beautiful. Dark. Alluring. Imperfect upon close inspection. Shiny. Messy.
DIMENSIONS: 24" x 8.75" MATERIALS: Mixed Media and Swarovski Crystals ORIGIN: USA
The Breckenridge Spike is Solid Cast Bronze: high polished exterior with a rough interior. Each spike is hand-cast in wax, hand cast in bronze, and high-polished. Here one can see the juxtapositions so often found in Kelly Kiefer's work: rough and polished, dangerous yet elegant, an immense amount of work to make something appear simple.
This piece is beautiful on a credenza, table, or tray and is fantastic alone or in the company of, even filled with, other items.