Art & Art History

Sewanee: The University of the South

Spaces: photographs by Edie Shimel (C’04)

Carlos Gallery - Nabit Art Building 105 Kennerly Road University of the South Sewanee, TN

Fri, October 05, 2012 - 4:00 pm

Edie Shimel - Spaces

Spaces, a solo exhibition of black and white photographs by Sewanee alumna Edie Shimel.

October 5 – November 4, 2012
Opening reception and artist talk Friday, October 5 at 4:30 PM

The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building at University of the South is pleased to present Spaces, an exhibition of photographs by Boston based artist and Sewanee alumna Edie Shimel (C’04). In this new series, Shimel uses various definitions of space to challenge the representational notions of photography and ideas of the ephemeral.

As the child of two blind parents who lost their sight in adolescence, Shimel is interested in the instances between seeing and remembering. She describes these instances as not quite clear and not quite ambiguous, but as a breadth of understanding before the definition.

The photographs in Spaces are gelatin silver prints, made by projecting slides onto objects or “sets” which Shimel creates, suggesting landscapes or other types of tangible spaces. She describes her process as being about building a new image and then reducing the already present image to experiences that fluctuate between clarity and ambiguity. “By merging art, science and personal slides over my handmade sets,” Shimel explains, “I am able to mix historical and personal memory to make work that is both about blindness and seeing.”

Edie Shimel’s work has been exhibited nationally at venues including The Arsenal Center the Arts in Watertown, MA, The Durham Arts Guild in Durham, NC, Peace College in Raleigh NC, Emily Harvey Gallery in New York, Ackland Museum of Art in Chapel Hill, NC and at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She was awarded a grant through the Vermont Studio Center where she had a residency, spent three years as a mixed-media instructor at the Arts Center of Carrboro, NC and has taught photography at Peace College in Raleigh, NC.

Shimel was chosen as a greater Boston “30 under 30” Artist through the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. Most recently, she worked with area teens, ICA staff and filmmaker, Aaron Rose, through the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston’s Artist Encounters program to create a body of photographs of his Punk Rock Film School. She currently resides in Boston, where she teaches Digital Photography at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Carlos Gallery
Nabit Art Building
105 Kennerly Road
University of the South
Sewanee, Tennessee
gallery hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 -
contact: Jessica Wohl     931.598.1256


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