Solo Exhibition

November 5-December 4, 2010


Silverman Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Shannon Finley. The exhibition, which opens November 5th, will include a series of new paintings by the Berlin-based artist.

The artist’s first exhibition at the gallery features a series of complex, acrylic on canvas compositions that elaborate on simple geometric shapes. Drawing from the history of painting, as much as the reductive language of video games, Finley layers basic forms to create translucent collage-like effects that result in dynamic, abstract formations. At once optically dazzling and materially concrete, these compositions provide a complex formal engagement that also function as passageways to indeterminate spaces. Through this, Finley invokes traces of Symbolism and religious architecture that also resonate with the legacy of geometric abstraction, in particular the sacred geometries of Mondrian and Malevitch, which he recasts for a contemporary context.

Shannon Finley was born in Ontario, Canada in 1974. He studied at Copper Union, New York, and received his BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax. His work has been exhibited extensively, including in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Boston and San Francisco. Most recently, he held his first solo exhibition in Berlin at Galerie Christian Ehrentraut, which was accompanied by an artist book with original prints published by LUBOKVerlag. Finley currently lives and works in Berlin.