In his 1956 science fiction shorter tale “The Last Issue,” Isaac Asimov invites readers to look at the stop through the beginning, or the commencing through the finish — buy and chaos. The plot, set in 2061 and outside of, revolves all over a issue continuously questioned by gentleman that stumps even the galaxy’s most innovative sentient personal computers: How may possibly we rebuild our universe regardless of its unavoidable conclude? How can we reverse entropy?
But although the supercomputer Multivac and human hivemind Zee Prime have been concerned with thwarting entropy to maintain lifestyle at the close of time, Shannon Rae Lindsey, recent artist-in-residence at Casselberry’s Sculpture House, is focused to embracing entropy in all its elegance and curiosity. She’ll be discussing her do the job, embracing entropy, and favoring course of action in excess of product or service at an artist converse this Friday night at the Sculpture Household.
In August 2004, for the duration of a earlier job as a pharmacy technician, Lindsey traveled to Arcadia, Florida, to serve the little DeSoto community although people dealt with the destruction following Hurricane Charley. In the midst of her work, Lindsey observed and was intrigued by the unfamiliarity of the acquainted. Metallic roofing wrapped around phone poles led her to further concerns of our knowledge of objects, products and definitions. This was a pivotal second in Lindsey’s profession as an artist, and in her get the job done she commenced to explore how context improvements our notion of an item.
“I hope to re-generate that instant of speculate and engagement with the viewer that there is this little flicker of familiarity and then you’re enticed to get closer and [ask] ‘How do I know what this is?’” Lindsey states.
Lindsey’s current solo exhibition at the Sculpture Household showcases new functions and new processes from the artist, which include screenprinted paper collages and webs of mixed media. But the centerpiece is the sweeping website-certain installations comprised of construction implements — including a lustrous vortex of steel roofing content arranged delicately in massive ribbon-like folds — and an whole room of cascading and frayed orange silt fencing.
“The installations are genuinely fascinating because they are genuinely described by the room,” Lindsey suggests. “They’re website-specific, they reply to the amount of space that I’m ready to use, the architecture, and they are also described by how a great deal time I have to set up them.”
Her residency at this Casselberry gallery area — a former household household acquired and repurposed by the city of Casselberry as an extension to their metropolis arts method — gave her the prospect to exhibit her 3-dimensional performs.
“I’m dependent on this public-experiencing venue to be ready to put in installations,” says Lindsey. “Whereas, the two-dimensional things of course seems to be the same as it does in my studio, the installations are seriously dependent on obtaining that place, and I like to present them with the two-dimensional function because it definitely is a two-dimensional and 3-dimensional method to the operate alone.”
artwork by Shannon Rae Lindsey
‘Linoleum Series II,’ mixed media with plaster, fencing, zip ties, washers, acrylic and ink on linoleum, 12.5 x 12.5 inches, 2020
Lindsey’s follow is rooted in System art, a motion that flourished in the 1960s employing nontraditional created elements, with a temporary that the act of making the function was as essential, if not much more than, the finished perform alone.
“I truly lean into that because the products that I use are typically created design products and I uncovered them and have used a lot of decades exploring them in my practice for the reason that … I have an desire in perception and specifically, how we perceive anything as remaining purchased or disordered, and also, hand-in-hand, currently being beneficial or being non-handy,” Lindsey says.
Significantly of her get the job done revolves close to the issue in definition, and the simple fact that how we define matters is dependent on our points of comparison and point of view.
In her process-based technique, Lindsey is a lot less involved with manipulating objects to suit a preconceived notion, and a lot more with checking out an object’s intrinsic choices.
“I really don’t genuinely treatment about these points executing what I want them to do. I want to embrace what it will in a natural way do,” suggests Lindsey. “What are the features of these resources and how can I interact with it in various processes to reveal various facets of them?”
As perfectly as Sculpture House artist-in-home, Lindsey wears many other hats — blended media artist, gallery director at UCF Arts, and lecturer at UCF — every single of these roles intersecting with and informing the some others. She started off doing the job in gallery spaces following completing her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida, and joined Tampa’s Tempus Projects where by she aided establish partitions, hang artwork, sweep flooring and operate lights.
Lindsey understands galleries and museums as integral to an artist’s profession, wherever they can showcase their analysis and acquire suggestions from viewers. Her assorted roles culminate in the gallery. “This is the place pupils can see their foreseeable future in phrases of a qualified location in which they will exhibit their do the job, up to date artists sharing their practice, and the group encompassing all coming with each other in this 1 location,” she claims.
art by Shannon Rae Lindsey
Components and Their Impressions,’ wall collage with acrylic screenprints on paper, window monitor, flagging tape and wire, dimensions variable, 2022
Just after this solo exhibition, Lindsey will showcase operate at the Snap! Orlando gallery’s “Florida Showcase” group exhibition, followed by a solo clearly show at the Francis Marion University Put Gallery in South Carolina.
“I check out to usually be effective adequate, versatile sufficient, adaptable enough, to acquire each and every option that I can and I do not want to say no, mainly because this is such a understanding encounter for me as an artist and so significantly of my work evolves from these encounters,” Lindsey states.
Shannon Rae Lindsey’s do the job will be on exhibit at the Casselberry Sculpture Residence as a result of Aug. 19.