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Solo Series Fall 2017

Solo Series Fall 2017

On View September 14 – November 11

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 14, 6:00-8:00pm

Artists: Alan Greenberg, Teresa Shields, Dan Schimmel


Alan Greenberg – Threshold
Painting/Sculpture

For over 35 years, Alan Greenberg has created large-scale, site-specific installations and studio-based work. Threshold is a hybrid sculpture linked to painting, composed of thick, built-up plaster pieces. The occasional rough edge, along with the layers of color and texture, strengthen the physical presence of these forms and define them as objects. The relationship between the object, the wall and the floor – as well as to human scale – is a crucial factor. The space behind and between the works, including strong shadows cast on the walls, all become important aspects of experiencing the art.


Teresa Shields – Trending Threads
Textile Arts

At the heart of Trending Threads is the element of play. Every element of this work – letters, wood and board – have been painstakingly crafted by hand over a year-long AAC residency. The resulting analog Social Media platform – a pegged wooden board – holds 140 characters, the length of a Twitter post. Approximately three hundred letters were created, each uniquely colorful, made of felt and hand-stitched wool on wood blocks. These letters can then be attached to the board’s pegs, like a giant toddler toy. Viewers are invited to play with the giant board by spelling out words and thoughts and then posting a ‘Tweet’ as an artistic social media intervention. The parameters of this piece are simple, but the options are endless. What will you say? Take a photo of your message and/or include yourself and tweet #TrendingThreads.


Dan Schimmel – Mitochondriac
Painting/Collage

Hovering between painting, collage, and three-dimensional assemblage, Dan Schimmel’s work puts spatial position and diverse materials into motion. Through a visual oscillation between multiple perspectives and dynamic flecks of contrasting color, the intensely animated surface ricochets into an unstable state of anti-media. Mitochondriac is a constructed word that links the interior of the energy of the body’s living cells to the exterior world of disturbing physical forces. These lush tapestries mediate inside and outside, micro and macro, personal and social, referencing contemporary events (climate change, warfare, technology, cyborgs, ecocide) through the incorporated commercial packaging that provides each work’s title.