The events of 2020 have given many of us new perspective on the need for human connections and ways to form communities. The shared, in-person experiences that form our shared memories have shifted to shared virtual experiences. Many of us have used our unexpected time at home to return to neglected hobbies or learn a new skill. Gerry Trilling’s new exhibition at the Albrecht-Kemper, Memory Ponds, fortuitously speaks to many of these issues.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is a crocheted circle sixteen feet in diameter, the titular Memory Pond. Trilling used donated yarn to create the entire installation, with the donation of remnants of others’ projects is at the heart of the work.
Memory Ponds will be on view at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Missouri from September 25 through November 8, 2020.