Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Rebecca Shore: All in One from 30th Mar. till 5th May 2012 . This is the artist’s first show with the gallery.
Shore’s art is driven by systems, not because of an unusually systematic process – she adeptly moves between methods and mediums – but because of her interest in organization, the attribution of meaning, and the visual connections and relationships between forms. Shore has assembled a wide-ranging compilation of silhouettes and “shape quotations” of varying degrees of ambiguity and tantalizing familiarity.
An avid collector of imagery, Shore finds and records everything from the patterns of faux rock walls to merchandise from vintage Sears Roebuck catalogues or a cup from a seventeenth century Spanish painting.
“I bring together collections of found shapes in silhouette form,” Shore said. “By making them into silhouettes, I remove a great deal of information…some of the shapes are probably impossible to figure out. What are the subtle clues that make us want to guess at identity, and when do we just enjoy the mysteries of the shapes and the relationship between them?”
(text source: Eight Modern)
(Rebecca Shore, #07, 2010, oil on canvas on panel, 11” x 14”; Courtesy Corbett vs. Dempsey)
More about Rebecca Shore (b. 1956)
Rebecca Shore has been cultivating a personal body of work in Chicago since graduating from the School of the Art Institute in the early 1980s, drawing inspiration from a rich variety of intellectual and aesthetic sources. Her meticulous paintings and drawings have always been characterized by an abiding interest in pattern and system (she's the daughter of a scientist) and issues of signification. Given her sensitivity to materials and background in quilting, her work can also be understood in the context of Chicago's rich fiber arts tradition. Shore was also profoundly influenced by Chicago Imagism, whose artists were her teachers and friends. Look carefully at one of her seemingly cool, immaculate paintings and you'll often find a layer of wry, even punning humor.
Education: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois BFA, 1981. Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1974-76. The Putney School, Putney, Vermont, 1974.
(text source: Corbett vs. Dempsey)
(Image on top right: Rebecca Shore, 2011-01, 2011, Oil on Canvas on Panel , 11 x 14 in; Courtesy of the artist and Eight Modern)