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Kelly Sherman: Success & Happiness

May 30, 2009 – July 3, 2009

Exhibition View

A  more accurate title to this show, Success & Happiness might actually be,

Success & Happiness?  

In fact, the work in this exhibition poses for me more questions than it answers:  Which sofa?  Which dress?  Which career?  Which partner?

This work is a departure for me as an artist.  I found the process mysterious this time, a bit perplexing, and a bit of a surprise.  It draws on the personal, but explores a culturally and universally American experience:   the experience of buying, selling and manufacturing things (as Say Anything’s Lloyd Dobler would put it). I question how these activities influence our culture, our sense of identity, and our prospects at achieving a sense of success and happiness.

There are moments when this endeavor strikes me as serious and earnest, and others where it is absolutely absurd and nonsensical.  One moment I’m longing to answer life’s vital questions, the next I’m confronted with the Cinderella fantasy with a dress. As narrow and absurd as these fantasies might be, I find them captivating. For me, this makes them all the more unsettling.

–Kelly Sherman, 2009

Works In Exhibition

Exhibition View

Kelly Sherman Exhibition View

Marina Sofa in Blue

Kelly Sherman Marina Sofa in Blue 2009 Inkjet print

Edition of 5
16 x 24 inches  (40.6 x 61 cm)
(Inventory #21085)

 

 

Brentwood Sofa in Khaki

Kelly Sherman Brentwood Sofa in Khaki 2009 Inkjet print

Edition of 5
16 x 24 inches  (40.6 x 61 cm)
(Inventory #21086)

 

 

Margaret Sofa in Oasis

Kelly Sherman Margaret Sofa in Oasis 2009 Inkjet print

Edition of 5
16 x 24 inches  (40.6 x 61 cm)
(Inventory #21088)

 

 

Willow Sofa in Snow

Kelly Sherman Willow Sofa in Snow 2009 Inkjet print

Edition of 5
16 x 24 inches  (40.6 x 61 cm)
(Inventory #21087)

Petrie Sofa in Natural

Kelly Sherman Petrie Sofa in Natural 2009 Inkjet print

Edition of 5
16 x 24 inches  (40.6 x 61 cm)
(Inventory #21084)

Brides

Kelly Sherman Brides 2009 Two inkjet prints

Overall size: 70 1/4 x 155 1/2 inches  (178.4 x 395 cm)
(Inventory #21089)

Exhibition View

Kelly Sherman Exhibition View

Bride #1

Kelly Sherman Bride #1 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 3/4 x 10 7/16 inches  (19.7 x 26.5 cm)
(Inventory #21041)

 

 

Bride #26

Kelly Sherman Bride #26 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches  (19.1 x 26.7 cm)
(Inventory #21059)

 

 

Bride #50

Kelly Sherman Bride #50 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21081)

Bride #51

Kelly Sherman Bride #51 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21082)

Bride #52

Kelly Sherman Bride #52 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21083)

Bride #46

Kelly Sherman Bride #46 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21077)

Bride #28

Kelly Sherman Bride #28 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21061)

Bride #47

Kelly Sherman Bride #47 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21078)

Bride #29

Kelly Sherman Bride #29 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21062)

Bride #48

Kelly Sherman Bride #48 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21079)

Bride #30

Kelly Sherman Bride #30 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21063)

Bride #49

Kelly Sherman Bride #49 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21080)

Bride #32

Kelly Sherman Bride #32 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21064)

Bride #33

Kelly Sherman Bride #33 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21065)

Bride #34

Kelly Sherman Bride #34 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21066)

Bride #35

Kelly Sherman Bride #35 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21067)

Bride #36

Kelly Sherman Bride #36 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21068)

Bride #38

Kelly Sherman Bride #38 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21069)

Bride #39

Kelly Sherman Bride #39 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21070)

Bride #40

Kelly Sherman Bride #40 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21071)

Bride #42

Kelly Sherman Bride #42 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21073)

Bride #43

Kelly Sherman Bride #43 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21074)

Bride #44

Kelly Sherman Bride #44 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21075)

Bride #45

Kelly Sherman Bride #45 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21076)

Bride #6

Kelly Sherman Bride #6 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 1/2 x 10 7/16 inches  (19.1 x 26.5 cm)
(Inventory #21043)

Bride #27

Kelly Sherman Bride #27 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21060)

Bride #7

Kelly Sherman Bride #7 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21044)

Bride #8

Kelly Sherman Bride #8 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21045)

Bride #9

Kelly Sherman Bride #9 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21046)

Bride #10

Kelly Sherman Bride #10 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21047)

Bride #11

Kelly Sherman Bride #11 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21048)

Bride #12

Kelly Sherman Bride #12 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21049)

Bride #13

Kelly Sherman Bride #13 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21050)

Bride #14

Kelly Sherman Bride #14 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21051)

Bride #15

Kelly Sherman Bride #15 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21052)

Bride #16

Kelly Sherman Bride #16 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21053)

Bride #18

Kelly Sherman Bride #18 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21054)

Bride #20

Kelly Sherman Bride #20 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21055)

Bride #23

Kelly Sherman Bride #23 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21056)

Bride #24

Kelly Sherman Bride #24 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21057)

Bride #25

Kelly Sherman Bride #25 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches  (20 x 27.6 cm)
(Inventory #21058)

Bride #3

Kelly Sherman Bride #3 2009 Enamel on found paper

7 1/2 x 10 7/16 inches  (19.1 x 26.5 cm)
(Inventory #21042)

Brides 1-5

Kelly Sherman Brides 1-5 2007 A suite of 5 reduction woodcuts

29 3/4 x 29 3/4 inches each  (75.6 x 75.6 cm each)
Edition of 5

Bride 1

Kelly Sherman Bride 1 2007 One from the suite of 5 reduction woodcuts

29 3/4 x 29 3/4 inches  (75.6 x 75.6 cm)
Edition of 5

Bride 2

Kelly Sherman Bride 2 2007 One from the suite of 5 reduction woodcuts

29 3/4 x 29 3/4 inches  (75.6 x 75.6 cm)
Edition of 5

Bride 3

Kelly Sherman Bride 3 2007 One from the suite of 5 reduction woodcuts

29 3/4 x 29 3/4 inches  (75.6 x 75.6 cm)
Edition of 5

Bride 4

Kelly Sherman Bride 4 2007 One from the suite of 5 reduction woodcuts

29 3/4 x 29 3/4 inches  (75.6 x 75.6 cm)
Edition of 5

Bride 5

Kelly Sherman Bride 5 2007 One from the suite of 5 reduction woodcuts

29 3/4 x 29 3/4 inches  (75.6 x 75.6 cm)
Edition of 5