“Side-Eye: Recent Work by Shawne Major” is a new exhibition opening on August 24 and continuing through September 21 at the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery on the City Park Campus of Delgado Community College.
Equally conversant in the main traditions of assemblage art since early modernism and the folk art traditions of the American South, Shawne Major's work is an artist’s haul of sewn disparate materials pulled into self‐revelatory patterns.
Made from products of disposable production -- buttons, electrical wiring, wood, plastic toys, fabric and the like -- Major creates a remix tableaux with a three-dimensional materiality.
From a distance, you see a tapestry, a votive weaving or a collection of fetishes. Up close, an abundance of cultural information of sutured materials that defy quick categorization.
Born in New Iberia, LA, Major now resides in Opelousas, LA. She received her BFA from the University of Southwestern Louisiana; her MFA is from Rutgers University.
In 2008, Major exhibited in Prospect1 New Orleans Biennial. She has grant awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
Her work is in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute of American Art; New Orleans Museum of Art; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art; the Hilliard Museum of Art, Lafayette; and Art in Embassies program, Brazzaville, Congo.
Major’s work is also in private collections, including Frederick Weisman and Francis Greenburger. She has had artist residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Yaddo, Art Omi and at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
Major is represented by Callan Contemporary in New Orleans and Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta.
There will be an opening reception in the gallery on Thursday, August 24, 5 – 7 p.m. An informal talk by the artist is at 5:30 p.m.
The Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery is located at 615 City Park Avenue in New Orleans, Building 1, third floor. Gallery hours are Monday – Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Wednesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The public is welcome and there is no admission charge. For further information contact Brenda Hanegan, gallery director, at 504-671-6377, email@example.com.
“Zenith,” Hand sewn mixed media, 60" x 42" by Shawne Major 2017