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Shane Aslan Selzer
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant

Genre:Abstract;


ARTIST STATEMENT: All of my work investigates materiality and abstraction as a means to symbolically bridge gaps between seemingly divergent communities or entities. My practice usually looks back in order to move forward, gathering an index of images, attitudes, and production through a determinedly assemblage method of research and practice of looking, analyzing and categorizing. Recently, I committed to memory a black and white, scanned catalogue image of a geometric sculpture made by Burgoyne Diller in 1943. Fortunately, or unfortunately, the image I had seen was oriented sideways, within a scanned catalogue of images oriented vertically. By the time I realized the error in my perception of Third Theme Construction, opinions had already formed in my mind’s memory map and I had grown attached to the shallow depth provided by the side view. Which side? I rescanned the faded Xerox I’d held onto, and flipped the image, re-emphasizing the distance between the page and the space it contained. Diller was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists (AAA), and the head of The Mural Division of WPA. In 1936 he commissioned little known abstract painters to create nonobjective murals that were intended for public spaces of transience, and gathering, in the Williamsburg Housing Projects. The formation of the A.A.A. fascinates me as a community effort to draw attention to a shared way of seeing and interpreting, not previously acknowledged through American exhibitions. In time, the maintenance and protection of these “in between” spaces diminished and the Williamsburg murals were forgotten, until recently when they were restored and exhibited at The Brooklyn Museum. I draw on the potentially overused term “in between” to describe a type of time spent. These spaces occupied visitors during brief durations of time spent daydreaming, having a cigarette, or chatting with a coworker. Time spent in proximity of the murals was neither fully subconscious nor fully conscious allowing the mind to wander, dwell, and skip ahead. The space between the viewer and the mural seems visually aligned with the shallow depth of field created by the sculpture Third Theme Construction, at least when viewed in black and white, on its side. I began referencing this shallow space through gestures using simple materials I had accessible, suggesting relationships often volatile and sweet, fragile and durable.
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Shane Aslan Selzer www.shaneaslanselzer.com
shane@shaneaslanselzer.com

Education
2004 CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS SAN FRANCISCO, CA
M.F.A in Sculpture and M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies

2000 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN–MADISON B.S. in Fine Arts Certificate program in African Studies with emphasis on East African language and literature
Studied abroad in Kenya through National Outdoor Leadership School in 1995.
Studied abroad in Cairo, Egypt through American University in 1998-9.
Sculpture Workshop at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland through Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000

Selected Solo Exhibitions
February 2009 THE SUBURBAN GALLERY OAK PARK, IL
September 2005 LISA DENT GALLERY SAN FRANCISCO, CA
February 2004 WORM-HOLE LABORATORIES MIAMI, FL

Selected Group Exhibitions
September 2010 SAIC SULLIVAN GALLERY Process as Product CHICAGO, IL Curated by Mary Jane Jacobs
April 2010 JAMAICA FLUX 2010 Art As Action JAMAICA QUEENS, NY Curated by Heng-Gil Han for JCAL
November 2009 BRIC ROTUNDA GALLERY Revelatory Tension BROOKLYN, NY Curated by Kalia Brooks
November 2009 –April 2010 P.S.1 CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER 1969 LONG ISLAND CITY, NY
Collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Hank Willis Thomas titled, Blackenized: Music For Your MoMA
October 2009 DIMENSIONS VARIABLE Buildup–
MIAMI, FL 2 person exhibition with Tom Scicluna
August 2009 THE POOR FARM Poor Farm Inaugural Exhibition WAUPACA COUNTY, WI
Saddle Fitting Clinic Featuring Master Saddle Fitter Gina Perilla
March 2009 THE ARMORY SHOW Socrates Sculpture Park NEW YORK, NY Curated by Alyson Baker
April 2008 THE BAG FACTORY Residency Exhibition JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
September 2007 –March 08 SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK EAF Exhibition LONG ISLAND CITY, NY Emerging Artist Fellowship
July 2007 ANDREW KREPS GALLERY Fractured in Aspect NEW YORK, NY Curated by Liz Mulholland
May 2007 THE MUSEO DE ARTE DE CAGUAS AT CIRCA ’07 SAN JOSE, PUERTO RICO La Calavera del Tío Sam
September 2006 DIANA LOWENSTEIN GALLERY Hidden Valley Ranch MIAMI, FL Curated by José Diaz

Press
September 2010 ARTNET Review PEDRO VELEZ
Feb 23, 2009 NEW CITY Review CLAUDINE ISÉ
August 10, 2007 NEW YORK TIMES Week in Review-Fractured in Aspect HOLLAND COTTER p.E31
December 2005 ART FORUM Review GLEN HELFAND p.284
February 2004 MIAMI HERALD Review ALFREDO TRIPP

Awards and Residencies
July 2010 SUMMER STUDIO Visiting Artist Residency CHICAGO, IL
Part of Studio Chicago, a program developed by Mary Jane Jacobs at The School of The Art Institute in Chicago
January to April 2008 THE BAG FACTORY Artist Residency SOUTH AFRICA
June to September 2007 SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK Emerging Artist Fellowship LIC, NY
July 2004 CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS VC Travel Grant ROME, ITALY
May 2003 JACK & GERTRUDE MURPHY FOUNDATION Fellowship for Sculpture SF, CA
June 2002 CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS All College Honors Writing Award SF, CA

Teaching and Lectures
2010 PARSONS –THE NEW SCHOOL OF DESIGN Adjunct Lecturer NEW YORK, NY Sculpture 1 Studio
2009 ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Visiting Artist Lecture CHICAGO, IL Invited by TICA (Teaching Institute of Contemporary Art)
2008 –Present UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY (S.U.N.Y.) Adjunct Lecturer ALBANY, NY Contemporary Art Issues Graduate Seminar, Graduate Critique Seminar, Graduate Advisor
2008 UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH Visiting Artist Seminar SOUTH AFRICA Led Intensive Fine Arts Seminar titled: Psychogeography; Strategies for a Practice
Fall 2008 FREE ARTS NYC Weekly Mentor Program Facilitator NEW YORK, NY Facilitate class of 12 students and adult volunteers in a weekly after-school arts class with a mentor-artist based project approach.
November– December 2006 CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS Program Manager SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Curatorial Practice Seminar Site Research–Miami Art Basel Fair
Co-facilitated seminar for graduate class based on readings, guest speakers, and intensive site visits during the art fair, culminating in student research presentations post–site visit
October 2006 CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS Guest Lecture SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Curatorial Practice Workshop Interviews: The Oral Archive
Led graduate level workshop on the conceptual underpinnings of interviews; documenting a conversation and editing for context.
2004 ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND: One Model for Community Collaborations MARIN, CA Panel Moderator at Headlands Center for the Arts

Related Experience
2009 SONGHA & CO. / LANXESS Project Manager NEW YORK, NY Managed the production of The Wheel of Fortune project for artists, Hank Willis Thomas and Ryan Alexiev, commissioned by Lanxess, exhibited at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. Oversaw the entire fabrication and installation of this large scale sculpture.
2008–Present STARDUST VISIONS Freelance Producer NEW YORK, NY Produced Target’s fall print campaign, also served as Production Coordinator on various shoots – Coordinated all aspects of commercial photo shoots, mainly for fashion ad campaigns such as Louis Vuitton, Yurman Jewelry, Banana Republic, etc.
2006–07 A–POLITICAL Freelance Production Coordinator NEW YORK, NY Coordinated all aspects of production on 6 select television advertisements for Eliot Spitzer’s Campaign for Governor
2005-06 CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS Curatorial Practice Program Manager SF, CA Managed all aspects of hosting visiting faculty, developed symposium, and produced departmental publications. Created and grew online archives, assisted the chair, coordinated scheduling and oversaw research assistants.
2004 SUNY PRESS. Editor/Writer SAN FRANCISCO, CA What We Want Is Free: Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art. Purves, Ted. 2004 SUNY Press.
Co-edited the artist handbook section of the book, which gave synopsis of over 100 artists’ projects. Researched artists, determined criteria for inclusion, wrote synopsis and edited the selections. Co-write a chapter for the book with artist, Cesare Pietrousti
2004-06 JACK HANLEY GALLERY Book Projects Manager SAN FRANCISCO, CA Coordinated special book projects initiated by gallery artists.
2001-04 CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS Visiting Artist Lecture Coordinator SF, CA Liaison between departmental faculty, guests and students. Built thematic overlapping within the series, hosted the guest artists within the school and the city, initiated studio visits and group discussions for the student body.
2000-1 NEW ART EXAMINER Editorial Assistant CHICAGO, IL Interned for Executive Editor, Kathryn Hixson during the magazines dramatic full-color relaunch and ultimate fold. Oversaw all book reviews including correspondence with writers, copy editing, and production
work.

Writing
2010 STUDIO CHICAGO BLOG Rereading Letters to the Editor CHICAGO, IL An essay on my residency project
2005 SOUTHERN EXPOSURE Driving the Line SAN FRANCISCO, CA An essay on Dan Seiple’s project
2004 WHAT WE WANT IS FREE How Do You Pin A Wave Upon the Sand SUNY PRESS Chapter co-authored with Cesare Pietrousti, edited by Ted Purves
2002 ZINE 1113: THE LIAISON Curating Now SF, CA A POor POny Production for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
2002 ZINE 412: THE WAY WE TALK The Generosity Project SF, CA A POor POny Production for WATTIS Contemporary Art Center
 








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