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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art launches the Epsten
Gallery’s 10th Anniversary Season with Larry Thomas: Ploys & Decoys, a
solo exhibition of new large-scale mixed media paintings and portfolio
prints at the Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom.

Contact: Marcus Cain, Curator (mcain@kcjmca.org)


Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art
Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom
5500 West 123rd Street (at Nall Avenue)
Overland Park, KS 66209
www.kcjmca.org (913-266-8413)

Kansas City, MO / Overland Park, KS — The Kansas City Jewish Museum is pleased
to present Larry Thomas: Ploys & Decoys, a solo exhibition of new large-scale
mixed media paintings and portfolio prints by Kansas-based artist Larry Thomas.
This exhibition opens Sunday, January 17, 2010, at the Epsten Gallery at Village
Shalom with a public reception from 2-4 p.m. and an informal conversation with
the artist at 3 p.m. in the Village Shalom Social Hall. Larry Thomas: Ploys &
Decoys remains on view through Sunday, February 28, 2010.

Larry Thomas: Ploys & Decoys


Kansas-based artist and long-time Johnson County Community College Professor
and Art Department Chair Larry Thomas presents Ploys & Decoys, a new solo
exhibition of large-scale mixed media paintings, and portfolio prints. Within this new
body of work, Thomas combines digital and actual collage with traditional painting
techniques and state-of-the-art printing methods to address the concept of
camouflage as a means of both concealing and revealing thoughts, ideas, and
emotions.

Neither abstract nor entirely representational, Thomas’ images exist in an in-


between realm, where close inspection reveals forms that flutter and swirl into
recognition. Thomas uses the visual language of camouflage to remind us of its
usefulness as an “immune system” in the management of everyday life among the
natural world, within war’s industrial complex, throughout our society’s popular
culture, and as we individually negotiate the social situations of daily life.

Established in 1991, the purpose of Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary


Art (KCJMCA) is to provide innovative art exhibitions and related programming that
engage seniors and diverse audiences from all segments of our community to
enrich lives and celebrate our common humanity through art. KCJMCA realizes this
goal through two projects: The Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom and through
partnerships with local, regional and national institutions that engage in KCJMCA’s
Museum Without Walls exhibition program.

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