Adriane Herman Exhibition in Leawood, KS

28 01 2011

What would your grocery list reveal about you? How often do you write something down for the sake of remembrance? What tasks are likely to remain on your “to-do” list and what might that say about your intentions? These are just some of the questions being considered in the upcoming solo exhibition Pick Me Up (a few things) at the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Epsten Gallery by Portland, Maine-based artist Adriane Herman. For her first solo exhibition in Kansas City since 2000, Herman pays homage to everyday ephemera by offering a democratic and accessible platform in which the public may participate in her exhibition through submission and display of their hand-written lists. (Anyone may participate: click here for more information on how to submit a list.) At once voyeuristic and poignant, Herman’s collection includes everything from the ubiquitous list of grocery items to more intimate documentation of aspirations and goals.

In the context of the Epsten Gallery, Herman also monumentalizes evidence of these efforts through the creation of large burnished clay tablets, photo etchings, vinyl decals installed throughout Village Shalom, and temporary tattoos that visitors may take from the exhibition as souvenirs. As a whole, Pick Me Up (a few things) becomes a manifestation of our best intentions for self-improvement, our procrastinations and accomplishments, our desires as consumers, our flights of creative imagination, and our attempts to retain a sense of order within an often-hectic daily life.

The opening reception for Adriane Herman: Pick Me Up (a few things) is Sunday, January 23, 2011 from 2-4 p.m. in the Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom, with artist remarks at 3 p.m. Pick Me Up (a few things) will remain on view through Sunday, March 6, 2011. (All events are free and open to the public.)




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