Amber Kelly’s Art Series Turns Blackberry Phones into Portraits

By: Misel Saban - Apr 27, 2014
References: ambrekelly & mechanicaldummy
Brooklyn artist Amber Kelly takes technology-based communication to a literal level in her art series 'For a Good Time, Text' that features several upcycled Blackberry phones.

The 'For a Good Time, Text' installation features several white plaster casts made of Kelly’s once beloved Blackberry. On top of each of the plaster Blackberry phones, Kelly has hand written in ink pieces of interactive messages she’s had with friends, strangers and loved ones. Each sender is featured in a different color, like black or blue, along with the sent date for viewers to tell who’s talking and when. The installation brings into question how our technology-savvy generation defines itself through texting as a form of portraiture and archiving our thoughts, emotions and feelings.