Medusae Fossae by Sharon Birzer
Memory by Yun Hong Chang
March 1-31 2012
Opening: First Thursday March 1 5-8pm
Shift hours: Friday & Saturday 12-5pm
Special hours during NCECA conference: Tuesday March 27, 6-9pm, Wednesday & Thursday March 28-29 12-5pm
In Medusae Fossae, Sharon Birzer presents a new body of works on paper that meld drawing and painting with elements of digital reproduction and Hanga, the traditional Japanese woodblock technique. Birzer’s imagery emerges from juxtaposing unexpected elements that somehow resonate with one another: a tiny lichen on a rock, a master painting from the Louvre, tentacles of an octopus in a tank … Enlarging, layering and fragmenting these sources, the artist amplifies their detail and allows for a closer look. The works recontextualize mythological references and images of nature, bringing together isolated fragments that explore personal narratives.
Sharon Birzer earned her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts and an MFA, as well as Scientific Illustration Certificate, from the University of Washington. She is a member of Shift Gallery, an artist-run gallery located in Pioneer Square, Seattle. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She lives and works in Seattle, Washington.
In Memory, using porcelain and her own hair, Yun Hong Chang presents series of delicate porcelain sculptures to visualize the fragility of memories and emotions. This exhibition is in conjunction with the annual NCECA conference in Seattle.Yun Hong Chang was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to Washington in 1996. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Art degree in Ceramics from University of Washington in 2005.
Image information left to right:
Sharon Birzer, Lichen, watercolor & graphite, 2012
Yun Hong Chang, Untitled, porcelain, 2012
Shift is a collaborative artist’s studio that opened in the fall of 2004 in the renovated Tashiro Kaplan Arts Complex. Shift was established as an artist-run space with the primary goal of supporting emergent, practicing Northwest artists. For more information, visit www.shiftstudio.org,
Shift is a collaborative artist’s studio that opened in the fall of 2004 in the renovated Tashiro Kaplan Arts Complex. Shift was established as an artist-run space with the primary goal of supporting emergent, practicing Northwest artists. For more information, visit www.shiftstudio.org, find us on Facebook at Shift Collaborative Studio or e-mail: email@example.com