Tom Shannon: New Works

April 30, 1998 - June 13, 1998

Yoshii Gallery is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition of New Works by Tom Shannon, on view April 30 to June 13, 1998.  This is the premiere showing of the artist’swork at Yoshi Gallery.

The exhibition signals a shift in focus for Shannon.  While he continues to make evident the intangible forces of nature, these new creations display a maximum degree of freedom.  Each is designed to have minimal contact with its supporting surface, and constructed to respond naturally to the forces of gravity, terrestrial magnetism and air currents.  What develops are animated objects that recall an orbiting body or in other cases, the unrestrained quality of smoke or liquid.

In each example, Shannon carefully selects materials specific to the intent of the sculpture, utilizing stone, wood, metals, permanent magnets and other natural materials in various combinations.  The diverse subjects he describes in many cases examine the invisible forces that animate the universe.

After the Egg, from the series of small sculptures, is made of a thin iron rod which appears to sprout from an oval stone.  As the rod rises though the air, it assumes a serpentine form which, at its end, meets another oval stone.  By giving the work the capacity to oscillate with the slightest breeze, Shannon renders what appear to be two bouyant sperm and reminds the viewer of the origins of beings.

Earth Moon Centered, a medium sized sculpture that is mounted to the wall, is an example of magnetic levitation, and thereby defies the law of gravity.  An aluminum circular disc floats perfectly centered between the split halves of an aluminum sphere.  Not revealed are the magnets which Shannon has installed within the sculpture, stablizing them so that they repel without attracting.  Upon further study, the viewer realizes that the proportions of the sphere and the disc have been carefully calculated by the artist and, as the title indicates, reflect the proportions of the Earth and Moon.

Following his exhibition at Yoshii Gallery, Tom Shannon will be included in both local and international exhibitions, and is planning a major project for the exhibition Visions of the Future, scheduled for the year 2000 at the Grand Palais, Paris.

Tom Shannon was born in the United States, in 1947.  He attended the University of Wisconsin and received his MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago.  At the age of 19, Shannon was selected to include one of his early works in The Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age at the Museum of Modern Art.  Since that time, his oeuvre has appeared in numerous international group exhibitions including the Sao Paulo Biennale (1985), the Venice Biennale (1986), and the noteworthy exhibition Territorium Artis (1990-1991), which showed in Bonn, Germany and St. Petersburg, Russia.  In addition, his sculptures have been acquired by many major public institutions as well as private collectors.  Tom Shannon currently lives with his wife, Catherine and their three sons in New York City.