Near and Far : Shana Kaplow
at The Minneapolis Institute of Art
April - June, 2015

ink on paper, digital video projection, digital video on monitor, and wood/steel structure

What unseen residues are woven into everyday surroundings? In these ink paintings and videos, images of my family’s dining room table, Chinese workers’ stools, mass-produced chairs, and their shadows become structures from which ineffable qualities emerge. Daily objects carry stories into and out of our place in the world. Embedded in this exchange are challenging implications that link personal lives to larger global and industrial conditions.

The fluidity of ink lends itself to a kind of restlessness that feels accurate to me – it can imitate realistic structures and it can convey the dissolution of form. Making these works, for me, is an inquiry into the social and emotional complexities that define living in this particular time and place.