Tracey Morgan Gallery is pleased to present Sight Lines, an exhibition of new work by interdisciplinary artist Randy Shull. This will be Shull’s first exhibition with the gallery. An opening reception will be held Friday, July 19, 6-8 p.m.
Interested in spacial relationships, and the formation of patterns, Shull’s work is heavily influenced by the philosophies of the European Bauhaus and his background as a carpenter, designer and furniture maker.
In this new body of work, Shull plays hide and seek with the viewer as he blurs the boundaries of photography and painting. Taking photos of his own eyes and collaging them into the core of his highly textured relief paintings, Shull adds another medium to his visual vocabulary. "In addition to my own inner searching and experiment-ing, I’m thinking about many things in this work: the self becoming other, fragmented vision, my father’s ongoing issues with his eyes, as well as Josef Albers and his passion for 'opening eyes’,” states Shull. In Sunflower Eyes, 2019, Concise, 2019 and Eye Storm, 2019, Shull playfully arranges his cut out photographs and buries them under layers of bright paint, which is then sanded to reveal the eyes below. In these works, Shull subverts the voyeuristic gaze of the audience by allowing the object to become the observer. In doing so, Shull alters the space between the object and the audience, creating patterns of tension.
Also included in the exhibition, examples of Shull’s Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art, which combines his brightly colored canvases with painted furniture. With works such as Blue Reflection, Shull plays with the distinction of painting and furniture, object and art, function and design, again, altering the space and its relationship with the viewer. In Sight Lines, 2019, Shull inserts the imagery of furniture into his paintings, this superimposition of object and art, of two different scenes, works in conjunction with the paintings themselves, to establish a pattern of spacial tension present throughout his work.
Randy Shull lives and works in Asheville, NC and Merida, Mexico. He received his BFA in Furniture Design from Rochester Institute of Technology, NY in 1986. He was awarded a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship and a NEA Southern Arts Federation grant. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally. His work is included in the collections of The Brooklyn Museum, NY; The High Museum of Art, GA; The Renwick Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; The Mint Museum of Craft + Design, NC; Racine Museum of Art, WI; The Gregg Museum of Art & Design, NC; Museum of Art and Design, NY, Black Mountain College Museum, NC; The Asheville Art Museum, NC; The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, LA; The Mobile Museum of Art, AL, and numerous corporate collections including Fidelity, Wells Fargo, Piedmont Natural Gas among others.
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