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John and June Allcott Gallery: Kelly Popoff, At Home With Our Histories

Stuck in Ascension 1, oil on canvas, 50.5 x 38.5 inches, 2019.


Read the DTH preview of the show:https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2019/11/at-home-with-our-histories-1104

Artist Statement: For the past few years, I have been looking at images of Americana: doll collections, gun collections, antique furniture, yearbooks, toys, etc. Perhaps as an instinctive response to try to make sense of our current culture by looking back. Or maybe to find connections that may explain why our history seems so present and unresolved.

My creative life has been most influenced by my childhood and the injustices that I felt in the two areas that dominated during that time: my home life and my Catholic school education. The social dynamics of these two realms overlap in ways that fuel my desire to bring to light abuses of power. My work addresses social concerns, often pertaining to children, animals and others in powerless positions that are susceptible to manipulation.

Through my work, I acknowledge that the social problems of today are deeply rooted in our past. Through this dialog with history, I hope to contribute to the redirection of social, psychological and spiritual aspects of the future.

About the artist: Artist and educator Kelly Popoff was born in Akron, Ohio, and lives and works in Greenfield, MA. Kelly’s recent honors include the Clowes Fund Fellowship and Residency, Vermont Studio Center 2019, Millay Colony Fellow 2018, the Artist’s Resource Trust Fellowship and Residency, Vermont Studio Center 2017, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Grant 2017, a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation 2016, and a Finalist Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Painting 2016.

Recent solo shows include O Children at Herter Gallery, The University of Massachusetts and Rock on Doilyat Augusta Savage Gallery, The University of Massachusetts. Kelly has exhibited in international group shows including shows curated by jurors such as Carter E. Foster (Curator of Drawing at the Whitney Museum of American Art), Richard Klein (Director of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum), Trenton Doyle Hancock (contemporary artist), Camilo Alvarez of Samson Projects, Rachel Wolff (art critic and writer) and Deborah Rockman (contemporary artist).

Admission: Free
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm (NOTE: The University will be closed Nov 28-29, Dec 24-27, Dec 30-31 and Jan 1)

For more information please contact elin o’Hara slavick, eoslavic@gmail.com

Image credit: Lockdown, oil on canvas, 43 x 57 inches, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.


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