...Wootini is pleased to present ALL DRESSED UP WITH NO PLACE TO GO: GLASS PAINTINGS BY KEVIN HERDEMAN from September 11th to October 6th. There will be an opening reception on September Date from 7 pm to 11 pm, featuring music by the Wootini family, popcorn, and Kevin himself!
Kevin Herdeman was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, where he currently lives and works. Herdeman came to Wootini through local NC artist Danny Miller. Miller suggested that Herdeman submit work for the
Gallerys May 2009 show, ArtStomp. Herdemans playful glass paintings were a hit, and Wootini is thrilled to invite him back this September for a solo show.
Herdeman describes his approach to painting as a long process of trial and error. Herdeman drew extensively as a child, and in his early teens began working in graffiti due to his involvement with the local punk
scene. About seven years ago, he began to experiment with painting on glass as an addition to his collage work. Eventually the collage moved from paper to glassHerdeman says he began by using enamel to outline his pieces and spray painting the color on back, but has moved since to a multimedia approach including tissue paper and tape.
ALL DRESSED UP WITH NO PLACE TO GO features all new work, inspired by anything from pop culture (for example, the reoccurring Bearded Spock), music (especially the Misfits and Tim Waits), and jokes between Herdeman and his girlfriend. Herdeman explains that the goal of his paintings is to make the viewer laughhe paints what makes him happy, and hopes that it will do the same for everyone who sees it. Herdemans philosophy of painting makes sense of his bizarre subjects. His serious giraffes in formal wear and Boston Terriers with caveman beards are certainly good at their jobs.
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