Joe Kleemann buys art. He buys a lot of art, usually by local artists, from local galleries or through auctions supporting local non-profits. Over the years he’s bought so many things that he had lost track of exactly what he owned. As SideCar is usually closed during the summer months, I offered up the space to gather his collection, assess the condition of the works and attend to any pressing issues, document and catalog the works and frame a few of the more fragile pieces in order to protect them.
This exhibition has sprung out of the inventory process. The exhibition is that somewhat rare opportunity to see highlights from a personal collection, for the public and, sometimes, the collector to get a chance to appreciate these objects compiled and presented in a gallery context instead of a domestic setting or spread across a warehouse. The resulting dialog between the works can be frustrating and enlightening. It is also fun.
Take advantage of the opportunity to see these works. It’s a good collection that will probably get even better. Joe likes to collect and he collects what he likes. In doing so, he supports this community in the most direct way possible; he puts money into the pockets of local artists, galleries and schools. I, for one, am thankful for his support.
Opens Friday, August 18th, 7 - 11PM
August 18th - August 26th, 2017 - ATTENTION!! Hours will be by appointment only after the opening.