The Shirley/Jones Gallery will present a selection of paintings, drawings, and prints by Karen Shirley from November 4-December 10, 2005.
Karen Shirley was Professor of Art at Antioch College from1968-1998. During this time her own studio work included clay, drawing, painting, and site-specific installation projects. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and is the recipient of Ohio Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.
Independent of specific media or subject matter, Shirley's interest has continually been in exploring and documenting subtle differences between moments and how incremental change marks the passage of time. Her work is based on quiet observations of everyday situations and spaces. The exhibition will present selected works from 1970 to 2005.
Karen Shirley was born and raised in Iowa. She attended Antioch College majoring in Art and subsequently Mills College where she earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics. From 1968-1998, she was a member of the faculty of the Antioch College Art Department. During this time she taught courses in Ceramics, Art History, Contemporary Art Issues, and Art Fundamentals.
In the mid 1970s, Shirley executed a number of temporary site specific works which were featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions in this country and abroad. These works utilized damp mason's sand which was tamped into variously configured forms. In 1978, she wrote of this work:
"I began working with sand in 1976. I wanted to explore a material which would retain an initial form and yet be open to possible modifications – either through natural time, variable tamping or systematic cutting and moving...I continue to be engaged by those situations which give notice to change."
This exhibition looks at the work which followed the installation pieces. While often employing more conventional media, it extends her ongoing interest in marking the subtle, most often slow unfolding of time and change observed in subjects ranging from natural surroundings to the light spilling across her studio floor. This work is informed by experiences abroad... as well as the explorations of many of her colleagues, especially those working in experimental film making.
The exhibition runs from November 4 through December 10, 2005. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday 2-6pm and by appointment. For further information call (937) 767-1711.