Exhibit: 'O Children' - Recent Works by Kelly Popoff

Event Details

October 19—November 16, 2016, weekdays 11:00 am-4:00 pm
October 23—November 13, 2016, Saturdays 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
This event does NOT occur on:
November 11

Herter Art Gallery

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Contact:
Trevor RCHARDSON
413-545-0976

In November of 2014 my father-in-law passed away from a brain tumor. In November of 2014 my father-in-law passed away from a brain tumor. There was a yearbook on the table of memorabilia at his wake from 1956. I was drawn to the elementary school photos. The kids spoke to me in ways that I cannot explain in its fullness.  When we got home to Massachusetts I made a large-scale painting inspired by the 60 yearbook photos, looking for the reason of their impact. Since then, I have made close to 75 works on paper based solely on the portraits of the school children. I examined their expressions and the shape of their face. I traced them over and over. I broke them apart. I looked at the shape of their hair and their shirts, the collars on the shirt, the length and width of their neck and the tilt of their head. I followed the center line of their mouth and saw how it moves. I traced them over and over. I traced them one on top of another to see their differences.  Since then, I have made close to 75 works on paper based solely on the portraits of the school children. I examined their expressions and the shape of their face. I traced them over and over. I broke them apart. I looked at the shape of their hair and their shirts, the collars on the shirt, the length and width of their neck and the tilt of their head. I followed the center line of their mouth and saw how it moves. I traced them over and over. I traced them one on top of another to see their differences. 

Directions:

Herter Art Gallery is located at the north end of Herter Hall west of the Fine Arts Center. Public parking is available at all times behind the Robsham Visitors Center and at meters along Haigis Mall. Nights and weekends parking is also available in Lot #71, west of the Whitmore Administration Building.

Event Category

Art Exhibit