Three sisters, four beauties and a work-horse
You can see how Nancy Shaver hunts and gathers and displays. Her personality revels in construction and you can feel things being decided and built by a not the usual. With a sense of humor, her sculpture bows to painting, her painting gathers hands with sculpture, and drawing enters by the side door. Handedness is her way to a reality check, confronting us with the imperfect perfection in the physicality of the handmade. In the same breath, there is her corresponding love and admiration for the familiarity of the vernacular and its history. I love the practicality of working from this place, its humanity and idealism is not blind. In this most recent work, the scale and presence of what she once referred to as refrigerators seem now to have become figures, and the material looseness and range is comparatively extreme.
Nancy Shaver was born in Appleton, New York, in 1946 and lives in Jefferson, New York. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute in 1969. Her first one-person exhibition at Feature Inc. was in 1987; this will be her sixth show with the gallery.