Check Out the New Wall Art

March 4th, 2003 by Adam

The world of fine art meets the world of
supermarket style merchandizing in an exhibition curated
by artists Adriane Herman and Brian Reeves. The meeting
takes place in an exhibition entitled “Slop Shop,
” at Plymouth State College’s Karl Drerup Art
Gallery through April 12.

“Slop Shop” uses general merchandising
metaphors and techniques to explore cultural dilemmas
such as how to make fine art more accessible to the
general population, art as commodity and the addictive
consumption of merchandise in our “branded”
culture.

The exhibition catalog looks like junk mail with prices
in large typeface and exaggerated, overblown copy. It is
even printed on newsprint to give it that store circular
look. “Slop Shop” includes works by more than
40 artists.

“In what is both a parody and a critique of the concept
that nowhere is as inclusive or as democratic as the modern-day
shopping place, the exhibition is presented in supermarket
format, complete with plastic price plaques and a colorful,
exaggeration-filled advertising circular, to promote and sell the
work of artists from across the U.S.,” according to
Catherine Amidon, director of exhibitions at PSC.

The curators chose work by issuing a call for submissions,
presenting “an array of work to fit every budget.” The
exhibit includes lithographs, digital prints, trading cards,
tiles, woodcuts, jewelry, decorative chairs, engraved copper
coasters, etc., much of it packaged for store display. Shelves
and displays mix with conventionally hung two-dimensional work
and sculpture. Packaged compact discs, floppy discs and videos
feature interactive programs, animations and artists’
performances.

Brian Reeves will present a slide talk from 2 – 3 p.m.,
Tuesday, April 1
in Room 302 of the Draper & Maynard
Building. In addition, gallery director Catherine Amidon, will
speak on “Pop to Slop” at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday,
March 26 in the gallery.

The Karl Drerup Art Gallery is located in the Draper &
Maynard Building, Main Street. The gallery is open from noon to 5
p.m., Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 8 p.m. on
Wednesdays. It is closed holidays and Sundays. For more
information, call 603-535-2614.