October 31, 2013 - ArtPace | San Antonio - New works by fall 2013 International Artists-in-Residence
October 31, 2013

New works by fall 2013 International Artists-in-Residence

Ivor Shearer, Last Things, 2008. Courtesy of the artist.

Fall 2013 International Artists-in-Residence

Artpace San Antonio
445 N. Main Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78205


Artpace San Antonio is pleased to announce the unveiling of new works by International Artists-in-Residence Micol Assaël (Rome), Ivor Shearer (Houston), and Erin Shirreff (New York)—selected by guest curator Paola Morsiani. Their exhibitions will open on November 14, and will be on view through January 12, 2014.

Using various elements and materials, Micol Assaël uses her work to investigate the interplay of the viewer’s body and the natural world. Micol’s current work follows her previous line of thinking about the phenomenon of electromagnetism.

Italian artist Micol Assaël employs elements of science, mechanics, and natural phenomena to her artwork. Interested in the relationship of the body and the communication at play between her work and the viewer, she often requires her audience to take risks. Past exhibitions include Chizhevsky Lessons (2007), developed in cooperation with the Moscow Physics Research Institute; Fomuska at Museion in Bolzano/Bozen, Italy (2010) and Gakona at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2009). She is the recipient of the PinchukArtCentre’s The Future Generation Art Prize 2012, and was included in the 28th Biennial of São Paulo (2008); Berlin Biennale (2006); Venice Biennale (2003/2005); and the Moscow Biennale (2005).

Ivor Shearer uses video to examine the role of the media in public perception, and the role imagery plays in the processing of events and disasters. At Artpace, Ivor has continued work on a video and installation piece dealing with the perspective of film on specific areas in and around New Orleans. 

Having lived in New Orleans before and after catastrophic Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005, much of Ivor Shearer’s film and video work deals with displacement and the socio-political after-effects of the storm. A graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2011, he holds a MFA from Columbia University and is recipient of a 2011 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation artist grant. Now based in Houston, his past exhibitions include Rewrite/Redraw/Retool (2011), Vita Kuben at Norslands Operan in Umea, Sweden; Below Sea Level (2010) at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; A Camel Is a Horse Designed by a Committee (2009) at the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice; Lost in Your Eyes (2008) at the Nieman Gallery, New York; and Artists Respond to Hurricane Katrina (2007) at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University.

Erin Shirreff’s artwork uses photography and video to reframe and reimagine objects, showing the relationship of the object and the viewer’s perspective. Her residency in San Antonio provided new objects and surroundings, which Erin will process using video projections.

Working in multi-media, New York-based artist Erin Shirreff’s work encourages the viewer to see objects in new ways: unsettling spatial and sensory experience by creating sculptural works specifically for the camera that confuse perception; layering still photographs in video to present a new experience of the Moon or James Turrell’s great unfinished Roden Crater work (2009); exploring myriad interferences of glare and shadow at play on a computer screen; and presenting only one façade of a familiar Tony Smith work in an outdoor commission, Sculpture for Snow. Shirreff holds and MFA in sculpture from Yale University. Her previous exhibitions include Inside the White Cube at the White Cube, London; Lake at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; The Locker Plant at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa; and Still, Flat, and Far at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.

The International Artist-in-Residence program is made possible by the Linda Pace Foundation; the City of San Antonio’s Department for Culture and Creative Development; The Andy Warhol Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts with additional support from donors to the Linda Pace Memorial Fund.

The next trio of International Artists-in-Residence—Rosa Barba (Berlin), Liz Glynn (Los Angeles), and Jessica Mallios (Austin, Texas), selected by guest curator Rita Gonzales—will be in residence at Artpace January 21 through March 24, 2014. Their exhibitions will open on March 20, 2014.

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