Desire, an exhibition of artwork by Kate Shannon, will open at Gallery 842 with
a reception this Friday evening, Aug. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Shannon is an assistant professor of art at The Ohio State University’s Mansfield campus, where she teaches new media courses and is the curator of the Pearl Conard Art Gallery. She has exhibited her work nationally, most recently at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, and Texas Woman's University.
The exhibit will feature digital animations and digitally manipulated photographs from several bodies of work, all relating to the concept of desire. In one such series, “Construction/Destruction,” the artist draws inspiration from a collection of glass plate negatives taken by Orville and Wilbur Wright to document their flying machine experiments in Kitty Hawk, N.C., between 1898 and 1911.
“This is my first time exhibiting in Huntington,” Shannon said. “In fact, this is my first time visiting here … I am interested in consumption and desire, and the gallery is a former retail location, so it is a perfect fit. My visual work explores notions of desire, consumption, loss and destruction. My educational background is in photography and my work typically starts with a photograph. I then use the computer to insert my hand into reality, manipulate what the camera records, and represent the world in a new way.”
Shannon received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from the University of Kentucky and her M.F.A. in photography from The Ohio State University.
“We are excited to bring Kate Shannon’s work to Marshall University and the Huntington community as part of our outreach effort to broaden the scope of exhibitions at Gallery 842,” said John Farley, director of the gallery. “Kate’s work brings a fresh perspective to our ongoing obsession with fulfillment, the oftentimes competing notions of ‘real’ and ‘idealized,’ and how these thoughts inspire us, guide us and may sometimes disappoint us.”
On Desire will remain on display until Sept. 7. Hours for the gallery, which is located at 842 4th Ave. in Huntington, are from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The gallery experience is free and open to the public, Farley said.
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