Gone World 1972

Going through another drawer of Lee Kelly’s drawings, I found this lovely series of three paintings on paper from 1972. The series is called “Field Studies” and they are explorations of sculptures Lee was interested in building at that time which included architectural and landscape forms out of Cor-Ten steel. But I see futuristic cityscapes with deep and dream-like colors in these little paintings. Places to get lost in. And although 1972 is remembered for refrigerator colors of avocado, harvest gold and tobacco brown, “Field Studies” are saturated with the blue of an imaginary sky.