Michael Shemchuk: Surface Tension
JANUARY 05 - FEBRUARY 13
OPENING RECEPTION WITH LIVE DEMONSTRATION OF ARTIST’S PROCESS
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 5:00-7:00
Jen Tough Gallery is thrilled to announce the solo exhibition of gallery artist Michael Shemchuk, “Shem”. Shem as been in numerous shows at the gallery including Earthly Evidence with Mark Eanes and Carol Dalton and numerous art fairs. We recently launched a new line of prints of Shem’s work which we introduced at Art San Diego in October, and are available in editions under 25.
Michael Shemchuk’s (Shem’s) long awaited solo exhibition at the Jen Tough Gallery opens January 5th and runs through February 13th.
An artist reception and live performance will be held on Saturday, January 12th, from 5:00 to 7:00.
Shemchuk, known for his multi-layered mixed media works on panel, is a Bay Area artist with decades of experimental art making experience. A career dating from the 1980’s includes photography, installation, painting, mixed media and a commitment to art mentoring and instruction. The installation will be an active real time process where simple materials (paper) are affected by the physical properties of saturation, pressure, time, evaporation and heat.
The artist will construct a 16’ shallow trough to enclose the materials and contain the saturation process. This activity renders gorgeous, intricate abstractions that are organic and unpredictable. This will be an engaging experience for attendees to witness this collage technique first hand. The artist will offer the opportunity to purchase a section of the active artwork upon completion.
“This will be an engaging experience for attendees to witness this collage technique first hand. The artist will offer the opportunity to purchase a section of the active artwork upon completion.
“I have been experimenting with this process since January 2018. This idea was encouraged via a conversation with Jen Tough when I revealed that I had done a similar project in 1983 at the Twin Palms Gallery in San Francisco, though I had not attempted anything like it since. Jen was greatly supportive and challenged me to revisit this process. Since our conversation I have been doing just that. It is truly inspiring, infectiously motivating, and deeply grounded in process.”