HARMLESS - by John Kelley

Friday, August 1, 2014 (All day) to Thursday, August 28, 2014 (All day)

Gallery Hours: T, W,F,S: 1-5p; Th: 1-9p. Closed Sun & Mon

Living Arts West End Gallery


HARMLESS is a suite of short looping films exploring the different individual sections of a narrative structure – specifically, the formulaic components of a suspense or horror film. In this series, each film opens out into its own looping reality, independent of its own consequences, providing an ambiguous environment with an uncertain threat. There is no film dedicated to the climax or action of the narrative, leaving the danger or cause unnamed. By omitting the main action of the story, all other pieces inevitably point toward it, and provide an open-ended experience of what is distinctly cinematic without being explanatory.



Kelly lives in Northwest Arkansas, where he teaches at the University of Arkansas and composes music for film. Recent projects and exhibitions include “Terraform” at the Mid-America Arts Alliance in Kansas City, a screening at the Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson, and a multimedia theatrical performance at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.




HARMLESS: trailer 2 from John Christopher Kelley on Vimeo.