About My Work

Artist Statement

My work employs painting, drawing, and digital 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 install 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 intersectional 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

2018   The Annual MCAD Alumni Exhibition — Squirrel Haus — Minneapolis, MN

The New Non — The Flux Factory — Long Island City, NY (invitational exhibition)

Echoes of the Mind — Camiba Art Gallery, E. 6th St. — Austin, TX

NYC Feminist Zine Fest — Barnard College — New York, NY

Zoë Shulman: The Allegory of Good and Bad Government — Camiba Art Gallery, 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. — Austin, TX (solo exhibition)

2017   Year End Review Exhibit and Family Salon Wall — Camiba Art Gallery, 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. — Austin, TX

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, 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. — 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

2018   Artist Talk and Catalog Signing — Zoë Shulman: The Allegory of Good and Bad Government — Camiba Art Gallery, 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. — Austin, TX

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

2014   Artist Talk and Undergraduate Critique with Betsy Byers and Karen Gustafson — About Space/Contemporary Abstraction — University of Wisconsin —

River Falls, WI

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2018   Minneapolis College of Art and Design — alumni profile — August 21 — https://mcad.edu/alumni-profile/zoe-shulman

The Flux Factory — exhibition catalog with photograph — June 29 — pg. 5

New York City Galleries — exhibition announcement with photograph — June 16 — 

http://neilandbobgalleryguide.com/profile.cfm?id=203666&bidid=2492&fromlist=1

Yes Ma’am Press — artist zine, Issue 12: The Dream Issue — March 25 — pg. 22 - 23

The Austin Chronicle — closing announcement with review statement — February 9 — pg. 30

Camiba Art Gallery — The Allegory of Good and Bad Government exhibition catalog — February 3

Do512 — exhibition announcement with photograph — February 3 — 

http://do512.com/events/2018/2/3/artist-discussion-catalog-signing-with-artist-zoe-shulman

Arts + Culture Texas Magazine — exhibition announcement with photograph — February 1 — pg. 12

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin — Gallery Going: Zoë Shulman at Camiba Art — Sightlines Magazine — January 26 — 

https://sightlinesmag.org/gallery-going-zoe-shulman-at-camiba

Arianna Auber — Find free fun in Austin with MLK poetry night, visual art and more — Austin American Statesman — January 12 — 

http://www.statesman.com/events/find-free-fun-austin-with-mlk-poetry-night-visual-art-and-more/uLHVAlTaJIL2t0rpffktYM/

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin — Our picks for PrintAustin 2018 — Sightlines Magazine — January 11 — https://sightlinesmag.org/our-picks-2018-printaustin

Print Austin — exhibition catalog with photograph — January 7 — pg. 1

Glasstire — exhibition announcement with photograph — January 4 —

http://glasstire.com/events/2018/01/04/zoe-shulman-the-allegory-of-good-and-bad-government/

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

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

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

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

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