Yuzina Art Center: SHANNON PLUMB


FILM SKETCHES exhibition

/video art and photography/

Curator: Stephan Stoyanov

23 April – 07 July 2014

48, Sitnyakovo Blvd., Sofia

Serdika Offices (inner atrium)

American Contemporary Art in Bulgaria

With the support of America for Bulgaria Foundation, the Embassy of the United States of America, the National Art Academy, I CAN TOO Foundation

Shannon Plumb is the first representative of a series of stars from the American contemporary art scene that has visited Bulgaria with the invitation of the Contemporary Art Foundation. Her visit is part of the realization of a larger project that aims to present American contemporary art in Bulgaria. The exhibition period: 18th of April – 7thof May 2014 in the Academia Gallery of the National Art Academy and 08th May – 7th July 2014 in the inner atrium of Serdika Offices, 48, Sitnyakovo Blvd., Sofia. The exhibition presents a collection of videos, film productions and photography. Official opening: 23th of April, 6 p.m.

Shannon Plumb is the modern Charlie Chaplin in a dress, sometimes with a fake mustache and suspenders. Her art is inspired by the history of television, American cinema and performance and is heavily influenced by the symbols of house life, fashion, sport and advertisement. Her work is close to the provocative pop culture and represents events such as the Olympics of fashion shows with which she has a curious intimate relationship due to her earlier career as a photo model of the world famous photographer Mario Sorrenti. The heroes of her art display social stereotypes which are at the same time humorous and socially critical at the same time. PLUMB is FUN as a mood is present in all her roles but without lighting the provocative retrospection and self-analysis.

Her latest work is the widely acclaimed long feature film “Towheads” which examines her personal life and the diverse sometimes controversial roles of mother, wife and professional. The story is deeply troubling infertility and isolation of a mother that raises two kids in Brooklyn. The film holds a number of awards and is included in the programs of several international film festivals including the New Directors/New Films 2013 organized by the MoMA and the Lincoln Center, New York. The film has been purchased by the MoMa for the Museum’s permanent collection.

The platform themed: “Contemporary art as a way of thinking” was launched parallel with the visit of Shannon Plumb. The first discussion included Cathleen Goncharov, curator, art consultant and US Commissioner for the 50th Venice Biennale, Cheryl Hartup independent curator  and art historian, Stephan Stoyanov, curator and owner of the Stephan Stoyanov Gallery in New York as well as Shannon Plumb.

In 2013 Shannon gets involved with the mission of the I CAN TOO foundation and becomes a face of the initiative in support of children with special needs. A percentage of the sales of her art is donated to these children.

Аdditional information about Shannon Plumb

Plumb has screened her work in film festivals such as New Directors/ New Films 2013 festival (New York), the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center, the Underground Film Festival (New York) and Frieze Art Fair (London). Her work has also been exhibited at institutions including The New Museum for Contemporary Art (New York), Anthology Film Archives (New York), The Institute of Contemporary Art (London), The Kitchen (New York), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Brooklyn Museum of Art (New York), Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, CT), ARCO (Spain), Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia, PA), Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI), Mills College Art Museum (Oakland, CA), Von der Heydt-­‐Museum, (Germany), MoMA PS1 (New York), Musee de Beaux Arts, Lausanne (Switzerland), and Tate Modern (London).

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