Shannon Ebner

Shannon Ebner, Friends in Deed House, 2017. Courtesy the artist, Eva Presenhuber Gallery, New York/Zurich and Sadie Coles HQ, London

Shannon Ebner, Friends in Deed House, 2017. Courtesy the artist, Eva Presenhuber Gallery, New York/Zurich and Sadie Coles HQ, London

Shannon Ebner (b. 1971, Englewood, New Jersey, USA) lives and works in Los Angeles, USA. Informed by various modes of reading, writing and poetics, Ebner’s work derives from a combination of sources including poetry, experimental writing and found language. Building letters and phrases from vernacular materials such as cardboard, concrete blocks, electronic message boards and found typography, she highlights how language communicates as a material form. Ebner works in photography, sculpture, video and artist publications. Her projects are often realised through installation.

Shannon Ebner is developing a new photographic work to be exhibited on the ground floor of Bluecoat, with a related sound piece in the gallery’s adjacent courtyard. The new piece will have a connection to her STRAY (2017), a work comprised of photographs and readings by the American poets Susan Howe (b. 1937) and Nathaniel Mackey (b. 1947). Tailored to the exhibition space, the new commission will further explore Ebner’s forays into expanded forms of image-making, drawing viewers’ attention to the sonic, phonic and tonal medium of sound in relation to the various graphic tones of photography. 

Exhibitions include V-A-C Foundation, Venice, Italy (2017); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA (2016); Künstlerhaus Graz, Austria (2016); ICA, Miami, USA (2015); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2014); Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia (2012); and MoMA, New York, USA (2012).

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