Rosewood and aluminum sculpture in gallery in Sedona, Arizona.
Aaron Kellner working on Mel Chin’s public project, the “Safe House” in New Orleans.
Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania (1973), Aaron Kellner comes from generations of artists and sculptors from England to the U.S. Solving the Rubix cube at about age three, he went on from there to solving more and more complex puzzles for most of his life. His relationship with puzzles cemented his fascination with the logic of geometry and its relationship to a multitude of intriguing artistic shapes.
Kellner discovered that he had a natural ability to work in wood and metal at a highly skilled level. He spent a few years honing those skills with the reconstruction of intricate hand-carved restorations of old buildings that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. That’s where he connected with his inherited passion for art and music and began an intensive study of mathematics and geometry.
While in New Orleans, he had the opportunity to work on a monumental public project, “Safe House” on Villere Street between Music & Arts Streets, in the 8th Ward. The project was the brain-child of the world-famous artist, Mel Chin. Kellner was a lead carpenter on the project and worked closely with Chin to implement the project’s design.
On returning to Bucks County, Kellner began searching for harmonious compositions in an almost obsessive way. He was somehow taken by the contradiction of forces. His sculptures search the alternation between full and empty, strength and fragility as well as precarious stability and rigorous sensitivity.