Kelie Bowman wants a hot-tub.
Touring with a circus, giving summer bike tours of Munich (and being run over by police and having your pelvis and back broken cycling in New York) and starting a gallery called Cinders, named after your recently burned down house, isn’t usually what you hear when you ask an artist about their history – you normally get someone bullshit about ‘having the overwhelming urge to create.’ Kelie Bowman is the artist who all of this happened to, and as bad as the whole house burning down ordeal sounds, it’s turned out to be a blessing in disguise; ‘I feel very lucky to be surrounded constantly by such talented, motivated people all the time. Blessed life. At Cinders we have a constant flux of artists coming in and we get to see their process and help them with their projects and visions. It’s pretty sweet.
Kelie has been co-running Cinders, an awesome gallery based in Williamsburg, for over 6 years now and has been producing work that we love for that whole time. She says her highlights so far have been having a review of ‘The Porch Show’ at Cinders on the front cover of The New York Times, getting two books included in the MOMA collection, one in the New York library, and painting a 50ft mural at the Temple of Boom show in Austin; “Two days going on no sleep. Completely delirious and fun.” As for the future, Kelie has two big shows coming up – one in L.A and one in Denver – and she says, “Me and my bandmate (Jessie Rose Vala from ‘Light Hits’) are doing a big animation video project for that with sound, we’re super stoked. I want to just keep making art and music and buy a house someday. Or at least a hot tub.”