Many of Lee Kelly's wall sculptures stand away slightly from the wall where they can also seem like immense brushstrokes. But there are “shadow” versions of them, too the spaces just behind them. We can’t, of course, enter that space—the works remain, in this sense, two-dimensional. Yet it is there, and its contradictory “presence” reminds us that the work is because of what it isn’t.

     --Randal Davis, Observatory at Jaipur (Leland Iron Works Press, 2015).

Moontrap Stainless steel, 2011. Gift of the Oregon City Rotary Club to the City of Oregon City

Moontrap

Stainless steel, 2011. Gift of the Oregon City Rotary Club to the City of Oregon City

 
Celebes Steel and metallic leaf, 2012. Installation of sculpture at Vestas World Headquarters, Portland, Oregon.

Celebes

Steel and metallic leaf, 2012. Installation of sculpture at Vestas World Headquarters, Portland, Oregon.

 
Doubtful Sound Painted steel, 2008. 33" x 26" x 3"

Doubtful Sound

Painted steel, 2008. 33" x 26" x 3"

 
Untitled wall panel Steel and tarnished silver leaf, 14" x 14" x 1"

Untitled wall panel

Steel and tarnished silver leaf, 14" x 14" x 1"

 
Goddess Glyph V Steel, metallic leaf and paint, 2009. 9" x 9" x 1"

Goddess Glyph V

Steel, metallic leaf and paint, 2009. 9" x 9" x 1"

 
Bones Box D Steel, wood frame, white gold leaf, 2009. 24" x 24" x 4.75"

Bones Box D

Steel, wood frame, white gold leaf, 2009. 24" x 24" x 4.75"

 
Untitled wall panel Painted steel, 1990. 16" x 16" x 2"

Untitled wall panel

Painted steel, 1990. 16" x 16" x 2"

 
Georgetown wall panel Porcelain enamel on steel, 1976. 29" x 13.75" x 3.5"

Georgetown wall panel

Porcelain enamel on steel, 1976. 29" x 13.75" x 3.5"

 
Wall relief Aluminum, 1982. 18.5" x 17" x 1"

Wall relief

Aluminum, 1982. 18.5" x 17" x 1"