Light As Air, Stronger Than Whisky, Cheaper Than Dirt


November 4 - November 26, 2014

Tuesday November 4 from 6-8pm: Opening reception artist in attendance

The artist will be holding Office Hours Thursday & Saturday from 12-5.

Light As Air, Stronger Than Whisky, Cheaper Than Dirt represents a significant step in Shawn Creeden’s investigation and representation of the tools and techniques of control employed by humans in our effort to dominate the world around us. Reflecting the elegant and understated simplicity of the subject of Creeden’s research, namely two-strand barbed wire, Light As Air… includes new works of intricate hand embroidery, gestural sculpture, and site-specific installation. Using barbed wire to subdivide the gallery, Creeden highlights the dual nature of a fence as including/excluding and protectant/deterrent. The viewer’s assumptions of freedom of movement and safety are challenged, though not without the precarious possibility of escape. Hanging beyond these installed barriers, embroideries provide a moment of inviting respite, as well as a key for observing how these strategies already surround us beyond the walls of the exhibition space. 

Shawn Creeden received his BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including The Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA), Artists Space (NY, NY), Fontanelle Gallery (Portland, OR), The Filippo Gallery at Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, VA), Lamp Gallery (Tokyo), Grotto Gallerie (Brooklyn, NY), and The Manuel Izquierdo Gallery at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR). His books and multiples are held in the collections of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, The Museum Library at MOMA, and the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at RIT. He has participated in artist residencies including Signal Fire (Portland/Gila Wilderness, NM), ACRE (Chicago/Steuben, WI), and Epicenter (Green River, UT). Creeden currently lives and works in Portland, OR.