Another Type of Shelter::Keliy Anderson-Staley


Sept. 27th – Oct 26th

Opening Reception: Friday Sept 27th 6-10pm
Artist Talk and Walk Through: Tuesday Oct 1, 6:30pm

Space HL is proud to present a new site-specific installation Another Type of Shelter by Keliy Anderson-Staley. The new work combines the intricacies of her detailed portrait-work and the loaded idea of temporary shelter.  An exploratory body of work the viewers are to experience from both inside and outside, while considering the nature of community.

Suggesting a lean-to and other temporary forms of shelter, Anderson-Staley’s installation carves out a narrow, intimate interior space, while its portrait-covered exterior represents the public and the individuals that make up a city.  Comprised of hundreds of tintype portraits are featured, most of them made in Houston, including at Project Row Houses, University of Houston, Diverseworks, the Houston Center for Photography, and the artist’s studio, each tintype plate is a powerful portrait of an individual and the portrait of the broader community. The new installation is an expression of community as a form of shelter and the uniqueness of individuals while the collection of images remain precarious and exposed, suggesting our collective fragility and vulnerability in the face of natural and environmental catastrophe. Viewers are invited to crawl into the interior space to experience and view the abstract compositions and portraits that are installed inside of the shelter at their own pace.

In 2018 Anderson-Staley installed a house like installation outdoors in the train shed at the Silos and was a jumping off point the new project. The project has manifested in various forms regionally and nationally and will once again be on view at the Shelburne Museum of Art in Vermont this fall. Anderson-Staley, whose home and studio were flooded by Hurricane Harvey, constructed the first iteration of Shelter in Place in the aftermath of the storm as a testament to Houston’s strength and resilience. Larger in scale, and incorporating dozens of portraits made in the past couple years, the Space HL installation marks the passing of the second anniversary of the storm and the continued presence of its effects in our lives.