Arousing Biophilia Reception

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8 months of planning and 50 hours of installation led up to the opening reception of Arousing Biophilia. This exhibit has been a labor of love and the opening reception exceeded all of my expectations. Despite the pouring rain and bad parking the place was full of wonderful people excited about the art and artist.   The exhibition will be on view until April 22nd and Art Ark Gallery will be open from 11am-3pm the following dates: March 3rd, 9th, 10th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st and April 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st    For private tours on other days you can contact me directly at – shannon@shannonamidon.com

You can see images from the reception and artist talk here on Flickr

Arousing Biophilia

Arousing Biophilia

After a really inspiring artist research residency this past June I wanted to further explore the idea of art, nature and science and also push myself to do something different and new. So after some brainstorming and talking with great artist friends I decided that I wanted to curate an art exhibition. I am really passionate about these subjects and want to share them with the world.  Although I have done some curation before it never has been on this scale with something so close to my heart.

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stARTup Art Fair SF 2017

stARTup Art Fair SF 2017

I’m thrilled to have been selected by a prestigious panel of art professionals for the stARTup Art Fair in San Francisco, April 28-30. It is a huge honor to be chosen out of a record number of applicants this year. This 3-day event is a rare opportunity for independent artists to exhibit in an Art Fair setting. I will be exhibiting with my friend and colleague Christine Rasmussen.

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50 Pieces in 50 Days

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The first piece in the 50/50 Project I just started on the Sanchez Art Center 50/50 project. Selected artists come up with a theme (mine is Bugs and botanicals, exploring natural history through encaustic) and create 50, 6x6 pieces of art in 50 days.  It is quite a challenge that I am excited to take on.

You can follow my progress on Instagram. Each day I will be posting a new image, with the exception of when I am in Quebec in July for my artist residency. All pieces are available for presale but must be exhibited for the August 26th during the fundraiser and preview. Each piece will be $120 and there will be a 10% discount for purchasing 2 or more (presale or at opening).

When I received the panels it was quite daunting, I guess with all of the excitement of being chosen to participate I didn’t realize the enormity of creating 50 pieces of art. I’m sure it will be good for my creative practice and there will be good days and bad.

I hope you follow along with me on this journey.

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Stack of Blank Panels

Prepping Panels

 

Bats, fireflies, and a whole lot of artwork

The life of an artist can be kind of unpredictable. Even when you try and plan or outline your year you really never know what opportunities will pop up, what you will or will not get accepted or invited to.  When you apply for exhibits, grants, residencies, etc. It can be several months before you know if it is going to work out or not. I’m not complaining, in fact I love it - it’s exciting and fun and always changing. It just means that sometimes things can be a bit overwhelming and challenging to work out; especially when you have an enthusiastic toddler who wants to be a part of everything.residency So in true artistic style my summer is jam packed. I am so so soooo excited to share that I will be attending a week long biophilia artist research residency in Quebec. The theme of the residency is nocturne and each night we will be working with a different scientist or expert in a variety of fields. We will be learning about and catching fireflies with an entomologist, spending the night in the Lafleshe Cave system to witness the departure and arrival of a colony of bats, inoculating grain with bioluminescent fungus, as well as working with and learning about Herpetology, Ornithology, Astronomy and more.

Another crazy thing that I will be participating in is the Sanchez Art Center 50/50 art exhibit. I will be creating 50, 6x6 pieces of art in 50 days in the theme of Bugs and Botanicals. I know, I may be a bit mad especially since my residency is in the middle of those 50 days but I am always up for a challenge.

In the final stretch

There is only 2 weeks until the opening of my exhibit at TechShop. I am in the final stretch of prepping everything. This is the time where all of the behind the scenes stuff happens - titling, labeling, pricing, figuring out the hanging configuration, etc. You can learn more about the exhibit here. I am very excited about the show. I have learned so much and had a lot of fun during my TechShop residency.  There is so much more I want to learn and try out too. For those of you who don’t know about the TechShop it is an amazing place. Their tag line is “Build your Dreams Here” and boy can you. Imagine a place with every tool you can ever want; laser cutters, 3D printers, full wood and metal shops, sewing, embroider and quilting machines, vacuum formers, water jets, a variety of software and so so much more. They teach classes on how to use all of the equipment and are open 24 hours. So needless to say it’s pretty fantastic and I have had access to everything during my residency.

 

Save the Date

I have been working away during my 3 month residency at the Tech Shop San Jose. I have been creating some really cool pieces ( at least I think they are). Save the Date!

Friday Sept 4th - 7pm

Opening reception for “Diary of a Naturalist” my solo exhibit at the Tech Shop San Jose

More details soon

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With a little help from our friends

My featured exhibit at KALEID Gallery is officially over. I went and took down the artwork and installation yesterday. It was a bitter sweet experience.  The whole process of and journey of this exhibit has been cathartic and fulfilling. It was a lot of fun and work putting everything together. Although working as an artist can be a solitary experience, at times we do need a little help from our friends. I want to thank Donny & Johnny at KALEID for all of their help with the set up and tear down. Donny did an amazing job helping my vision come to life when we were setting everything up.

Thanks to my friend Dave for the great vinyl lettering and staying with me at the reception until the very, very end, he always comes through for me.  Thanks to Chris for listening to me and talking with me for hours about the exhibit even before there was any real concept in mind. You are always great to bounce ideas off of and I appreciate your honesty. Thanks to April Gee for your beautiful music at the reception. You are so talented and I think your music was a perfect complement to the artwork.  I could not have done any of this without the unwavering support and encouragement from Bobb. Thank you for giving me the time and space to create and for wrangling Miss Bean so I could get work done.

Last but not least I want to thank all if the wonderful people who came out to see the exhibit and installation. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and it really made feel wonderful. I loved hearing the variety of interpretations and thoughts in response to the artwork and installation.

Now the pieces will be scattered to different places, some to new homes with collectors and others to new galleries, the rest will be up at Open Studios. A portion of the tree installation will be installed at JCO’s in Los Gatos and I am working on getting the rest of it up in another location.

A BIG thank you again to everyone.

Exhibition break down