Artist Talk: Shannon Bool

WHEN: Weds, Nov 30 at 4 p.m.

WHERE: IKG Gallery 2, ACAD

Shannon Bool’s first solo exhibition in Calgary takes its title from a show originally staged at London’s Hayward Gallery in 1983 (The Eastern Carpet in the Western World); and her presentation focuses on a group of artworks that all refer to the complex relationship between Oriental carpets and Western art. These include a series of carpets, tapestries and photograms (camera-less pictures made using photographic materials), and a video. In her oeuvre Shannon Bool often blurs the boundaries between arts and crafts, that is to say between art and material history. Her work ‘re-activates’ archival and found imagery that takes new form and meaning once it is re-elaborated by the artist, often combining digital technology and ancient fabrication techniques.

Born 1972 in Comox (BC), Shannon Bool attended Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, New York’s Cooper Union and graduated from the Staedelschule in Frankfurt a.M, Germany. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ernst and Young Prize at the Staedelschule Frankfurt and the Villa Romana Award in Florence. Her work is presently on show at the 2016 Biennale de Montreal (Le Grand Balcon) and features in important collections including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The National Gallery of Canada, Fondazione Sandretto in Turin, Berlinische Galerie Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur in Berlin and the MMK - Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt. Bool lives in Berlin, Germany.

The artist is represented by Daniel Faria, Toronto and Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf