About Kyle

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Kyle Selley

Kyle is formally trained in both ceramics and sculpture but his current approach to making artwork is through the use of fireworks. Following this avenue of generating visual art with fireworks, he has found multiple methods and offers the viewer a variety of unique results.  Kyle graduated from Johnson County Community College with a Liberal Arts degree. He studied ceramics at the University of Tasmania and graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Kyle’s work has been published several times and exhibited nationally. He recently completed the Mid-America Arts Alliance program; Artist INC. He has sold artwork at juried silent auctions at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Cascade AIDS Project. Kyle teaches art at Young Rembrandt’s Academy. He is currently sponsored by Dominator fireworks. This company provides all the fireworks used to create his artwork. Dominator also provides him the opportunity to sell/promote his artwork at international fireworks conventions. If you are interested in his work or have any questions, feel free to contact Kyle at the bottom of this page.

Artist Statement 

Fireworks are a tradition in my family. I’ll never forget the unique marks that they created after being ignited on my uncle’s driveway. The smells and sounds that they generate fill me with an enlivening sense of nostalgia. I am studying to gain a better understanding of people’s natural fascination with fireworks and compare them to my own interests and sentimental associations. Unfamiliar spectacles of light quickly grasp our attention. I hope that my artistic process can tap into this captivation that we all crave.

As I began to experiment with fireworks in my artistic practice, I discovered a fellow artist named Cai Guo-Qiang. I am fascinated by his ability to create art using pyrotechnics. His early gunpowder drawings inspired me to make large pyrotechnic drawings of my own. My Firework Residue Paintings are meant to immerse and mesmerize. They rely heavily on my own intuition. My effort to control the uncontrollable creates a paradox that is repeated throughout all my firework art. Fireworks are vehement in nature and the repetitive ignition of them is cathartic. These performative actions provide me with a sense of focus and serenity.

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