April 3 to May 8
please note the gallery has moved from Suite 20A to 8C
For her third solo exhibition at Poem 88, Sharon Shapiro remains committed to the themes of feminism and femininity. In these collages, in particular, Shapiro successfully engages multiple dichotomies: reality and fantasy, utopian and dystopian.
She says about her work:
I utilize a visual disruption to create a curiously discordant scene that breaks open the viewers' relationship to the subject juxtaposing the frivolity of fashion with the significance of pattern and color. Beauty serves as a temptation for the viewer. Upon closer inspection, cracks in the artifice reveal obscured narratives and hidden meanings. I confront the past alongside the superfluity and temporality of the current 24-hour news cycle. Inspired by personal events, local lore, and pop-cultural references, I present the viewer a world, both private and universal, in which time coalesces and collapses.
She challenges the viewer to reexamine their own memories as she does her own and reconsider how we idealize and mythologize the past.
Shapiro is an MFA graduate of the Maine College of Art. This April, concurrent with her show, she will be enjoying the Atelier Focus Fellowship, AIR Serenbe, Chattahoochee Hills, GA. Her work appears in numerous public and private collections including MOCA-Ga, Hotel Clermont, Atlanta, GA The Tullman Collection, Chicago, IL Brenau University Gallery, Gainesville, GA Stan Topol & Associates, Atlanta, GA, King & Spalding, Atlanta, GA, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, Atlanta, GA, Ms. Chassie Post, New York, NY, and Ms. Carol Cole-Levin, Greensboro, NC.
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May 15 to June 26