Category Archives: Installation

Father-Daughter Art Show

This body of work was produced from the idea of an imaginary daughter. Occupying a fictional persona disconcertingly close to my own, I produced a series of artifacts that hypothesize aspects of her identity and elements of a fatherhood narrative. Exhibiting my fascination with parenthood and my fantasies of a young daughter, I placed the viewer in a position of unsettling intimacy–contemplating the boundary and interrelationship between male and paternal desire.

I situate my body as a linking substrate throughout the project–as a remnant scent in the quilted shirts I used to wear, pressed against drawings and canvases in anatomical works, and located directly in the exhibition space through the Peek-A-Boo video, peering down at an empty baby carriage. On another level this project can be read as a reflection on studio production–as proud artist rather than proud father, I can be seen doting on the products of my hand. This project can be understood as a device for exploration–expanding a space of content around a generative idea–and implicating my self in everything that was made.
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I have  three pieces in the COMPASS 2007 show at UC Riverside / California Museum of Photography.


Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Noon—5 p.m.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Noon—5 p.m.

Location: UCR ARTSblock located in the 3800 block of Main Street, Downtown Riverside
Category: Exhibition

Description: Compass 2007: New Art from the University of California’s MFA Programs

Compass 2007 is a survey exhibition that will present work by art MFA students who will be graduating from UC Art Departments in June 2007. The eight out of the ten UC campuses with art departments that will be included are UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, and UC San Diego. The exhibition will look at the impact of UC MFA programs, explore the differences and similarities between northern and southern California, and measure the influence certain faculty have on artistic production. Encompassing over 6000 square feet, the exhibition will be presented in both the UCR/California Museum of Photography and UCR Sweeney Art Gallery, two of three components that will form the newly created UCR ARTSblock, located on Main Street, a pedestrian walkway, in downtown Riverside. This will be the first exhibition in recent history to encompass all of the University of California’s art departments, and to build a bridge between northern, central, and southern California art scenes. Brochure and online catalogue will be available. Co-curated by UCR/California Museum of Photography Curator of Exhibitions, Ciara Ennis, and UCR Sweeney Art Gallery Director, Tyler Stallings. Compass: 2007 is organized by UCR ARTSblock.

Additional Information:

Open to: Public. ARTSblock hours: 12-5 Tuesday-Saturday. Open until 9 PM on the first Thursday of every month. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Sweeney Art Gallery

Contact Information:
Shane Shukis