THE KANSAS CITY JEWISH MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, THE EPSTEN GALLERY
NOVEMBER 6, 2011 - JANUARY 8, 2012
If a landscape were to exist in a dream, it might look something like the drawings and paintings of Kansas City-based artist, Jane Voorhees. Created both from observation and invention, Voorhees’ landscapes appear effortless with their long-brush strokes, near-black and-white compositions, and occasional hushes of color. Voorhees draws inspiration from local and regional sites, while also traveling as far away as Italy to create on-site drawings that inform her final works.
Voorhees begins her process outdoors with a series of sketches and then returns to the studio to complete landscapes that evoke both drawing and painting. Voorhees’ images find their way into grids as well as singular compositions, and her images set a tonal mood that serves to universalize the landscape as an essential place. These meta-landscapes feel as if conjured from memories of other lands or wholly reinvented as mythic points of departure into realms as expansive as our imagination.
Marcus Cain, Executive Director/Curator
The Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, The Epsten Gallery