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Out of Sorts by Adriane Herman

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 16th, 5-8 PM


Discuss The "Art" Of Recycling & The  Importance of Composting
With Katarina Venhuizen, Ecomaine Environmental Educator
Friday, September 29th, 6-8 PM

Surrender Sunday
Sunday, October 1st, 2-4 PM

Artist talk with Adriane Herman
Friday, October 13th, 6 PM
Emotional Value Auction/Closing Reception
Saturday, October 14th, 12-5 PM

SPEEDWELL projects proudly presents Out of Sorts, an exhibition orchestrated by experience broker, Adriane Herman, which explores cycles of accumulation
and release in our physical and emotional landscapes. Opening September 16th with a reception from 5-8 pm, the show invites visitors to consider individual and collective consumption as manifest in five mini-bales of recyclable materials that non-profit solid waste manager, ecomaine compressed and loaned for the exhibition. Also on view are photographs Herman took of our trash being incinerated and our recycling being sorted both mechanically and by hand.

Herman is pressing pause on the recycling process to allow visitors to contemplate their own patterns of consumption, as well as the various conduits for release available to us, and the personal, cultural and global implications of material excess and disposability. To facilitate such reflections, Out of Sorts includes benches fabricated from salvaged wood by Benjamin Spalding and upholstered by Amy Emmons with fabric printed with Herman’s photographs of bales of recycling and municipal woodpiles. Visitors can sit on the plushly cushioned benches and register the visual, visceral, and psychological impact of what she calls “simultaneously minimalist and maximalist monuments to communal efforts to keep things out of the landfill.” Materially manifest in the strata of these intimate yet anonymous commodities is evidence of how we eat, drink, work, play, and clean, and how much attention we pay to discarding things responsibly.

In addition to a First Friday reception October 6th from 4 to 8pm, ecomaine’s Environmental Educator, Katrina Venhuizen, will discuss the “art” of recycling and the importance of composting food waste on Friday, September 29th from 6-8 pm. Additional events include two “witnessed releases” Herman is choreographing, including Surrender Sunday, when anyone looking to let go of something weighing them down can consult one-on-one with a compassionate listener/receiver on Sunday, October 1st from 12-2 pm. Herman will give an artist talk Friday, October 13th at 6 pm. Out of Sorts ends with an Emotional Value Auction on Saturday, October 14th from 12-5 pm. Anyone interested in releasing an object they desire to pass on to someone who will value it and know its history can inquire about participation by emailing “Bids” will take the form of written statements of interest in an item. At the end of the “auction,” each item’s owner may choose a winner. Everyone is welcome to witness these meaningful exchanges between strangers. All events take place at 630 Forest Avenue.

Herman has exhibited widely and lectured at over fifty institutions. Her work is in collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. She is a Professor of the MFA in Visual Art at Maine College of Art, and holds a BA from Smith College and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Out of Sorts, a subsidiary of Herman’s projects Goods Riddance, and The Freeing Throwers, was facilitated by ecomaine, Hour Exchange Portland, The KISMET Foundation, and Yarmouth Public Works. 

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Earlier Event: September 1
The Loved Ones