About My Work

Artist Statement

My work employs painting, drawing, and mixed media to visualize geometries that subvert traditional painting canon.  These geometries emerge from mapping the theoretical spaces described by post-structuralism, geography, complexity, feminism, politics, and cyber and queer culture.

I work both on and off the wall, drawing attention to and confusing a viewer’s awareness of their own body’s movements within illusionistic, sculptural, and architectural spaces.  To achieve this, I design, sculpt, paint, and instal substrates to activate unique surface qualities that emphasize the viewer’s physical relation to the work and enhance its overall illusion of movement.

Throughout my work, brightly colored Cartesian grids, fractals, concentric squares, and circular forms connect and contradict diametrically opposed perspectival planes to reveal a greater relativity beyond closed systems.  As a result, the viewer may experience recognition, confusion, order, and a chance to decipher space, yet be overwhelmed by flatness.

Ultimately, I intend to discover how these optical tensions can topologically bend painting to the point of ideological collapse and reform it into a more subversive medium with multi-dimensional and cross-disciplinary potential.

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EDUCATION

2013   Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, minor in Art History — Minneapolis College of Art and Design — Minneapolis, MN

2011   AICAD Mobility: The Burren College of Art — Ballyvaughan, Ireland — A study abroad program focusing on artistic development and Irish studies

2009   ARTIS Study Abroad Program — Florence, Italy — Studied Drawing and Renaissance Art History

General Studies, emphasis on Fine Art — Texas State University — San Marcos, TX

 

RESIDENCIES

2016   Kleindorf Art — Strodehne, Germany

Vermont Studio Center — Johnson, VT

2015   The Banff Centre — Alberta, Canada

Starry Night Retreat — Truth or Consequences, NM

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017   Annual Red Dot Art Spree — Women & Their Work — Austin, TX (invitational exhibition) 

2017 Biennial: Origins in Geometry — The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art — Dallas, TX (juried)

Art City Austin Fair — Palmer Events Center — Austin, TX (Camiba Art Gallery) 

Zoë Shulman: Circuit Topology — Camiba Art Gallery, Flatbed Press — Austin, TX (solo exhibition)

Nasty Women Exhibition — AP Art Lab — San Antonio, TX

Nasty Women Exhibition — The Knockdown Center — New York, NY

2016   CAMIBAart Fall Group Show — Camiba Art Gallery, E 6th St. — Austin, TX

Quadratfuss Exhibition: Berlin Edition — NX2 Gallery — Berlin, Germany (juried)

2015   Open Studio Event — The Banff Centre — Alberta, Canada

CAMIBAart Gallery Artists: A Group Show — Camiba Art Gallery, E 6th St. — Austin, TX

2014   The Burren Annual, 20th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition — Burren College of Art — Ballyvaughan, Ireland (juried)

The 2014 Minnesota Biennial — Minnesota Museum of American Art — St. Paul, MN (juried)

About Space/Contemporary Abstraction — University of Wisconsin — River Falls, WI (invitational exhibition)

2013   Geometry in Nature — Silverwood Gallery — Minneapolis, MN (juried)

Spring 2013 Commencement Exhibition — Minneapolis College of Art and Design — Minneapolis, MN

Unpredictable — Minneapolis College of Art and Design — Minneapolis, MN (juried)

 

COLLECTIONS

The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art — Dallas, TX

 

ARTIST TALKS AND CRITIQUES

2017   Artist Talk — Zoë Shulman: Circuit Topology — Camiba Art Gallery, Flatbed Press — Austin, TX

2014   Artist Talk, Undergraduate Crit. with Betsy Byers & Karen Gustafson — About Space/Contemporary Abstraction — University of Wisconsin — River Falls, WI

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2017   The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art — exhibition catalogue with photograph — July 28 — pg. 1

2017   Art Austin — exhibition announcement with photograph — February 17 — http://artaustin.org/listing/zoe-shulman-circuit-topology/

2017   The Austin Chronicle — exhibition announcement with photograph — February 17 — pg. 30

2017   Glasstire — exhibition announcement with photograph — February 13 — http://glasstire.com/events/2017/02/13/zoe-shulman-circuit-topology/ 

2017   John Salazar — 'Nasty Women' Host Art Exhibit, Planned Parenthood Fundraiser — Time Warner Cable News/Spectrum News — January 15 —

http://spectrumlocalnews.com/tx/san-antonio/news/2017/01/15/-nasty-women--host-art-exhibit--planned-parenthood-fundraiser

2015   Quinton Skinner — Ones to Watch — Minnesota Monthly Magazine — January 1 — pg. 56 - 60

2014   Marianne Combs — Weekend Arts Roundup: Pride, Biennial and Shakespeare — The Current on Minnesota Public Radio — June 26 —

https://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2014/06/26/weekend-arts-roundup-pride-biennial-and-shakespeare

 

GALLERY AFFILIATION

Camiba Art Gallery — Austin, TX

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS

2012   MCAD Painting/Drawing Merit Scholarship — Minneapolis College of Art and Design

2011   MCAD Painting/Drawing Merit Scholarship — Minneapolis College of Art and Design

2010   MCAD Distance Grant — Minneapolis College of Art and Design

MCAD Opportunity Grant — Minneapolis College of Art and Design

2009   MCAD Visual Scholarship — Minneapolis College of Art and Design