Upcoming: Fabric Of Cultures: Objects, Memory, Technology

Fabric of Cultures: Systems in the Making
Art Center, Queens College,
The City University of New York
October 5 – December 15
Opening Reception: October 12 at 6pm

The multimedia Fabric of Cultures Exhibition at the Queens College Art Center brings together artists, designers, CUNY students, and the local community to reflect on cultural identity and diversity through dress, fabric and various media. Objects on display from designers Brunnelli Cucinelli, Antonio Marras, Cesare Attolini, Alabama Chanin, Tabii Just (Zero Waste), HVRMINN, and artists Shelby Head, Paula Gabriel, Lady McCrady, Claudio di Napoli and CUNY students will interact with each other in a dialogue of memory, migration, aesthetics, sustainability, and the preservation of local traditions. 

Solo Exhibition: Beyond Indifference

May 20th through June 20th, 2017

Opening, Saturday, May 20th, 6-9, Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, 96 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06901  

Beyond Indifference

Beyond Indifference is a collection of mixed media works assembled from decorative and domestic objects commonly associated with the “feminine”. Materials and medium, through personal association, evoke memory and emotion. The series is not a memorial but rather moves with the subject of misogyny and the questions of gender. The work is both a product of the changing worlds around it and an element of interaction with these worlds. The objects of the work are the objects of the worlds with which it is concerned. By incorporating materials of lived-experience – cookware, appliances, and décor – the work challenges a purist aesthetic hierarchy that privileges one set of materials over another based on gender association. This is an exhibition of history, of politics, and of lived life.

The artwork titled Power Figure uses the iconography of a Power Figure as inspiration and is the centerpiece for the series. Power Figure serves as the administrator of justice for the collection and attempts to drive away destructive forces believed to be the cause of individual ailments and broader social and political ills represented in the each of the eleven sculptures in the series. Selected for their association to women, fingernails, hair and herbs are stored in the belly of Power Figure to draw in the power of spirits. The medicinal combination is shielded by a piece of reflective surface that represents the ‘other world’ inhabited by the spirits of the dead who can peer through and see potential enemies. To evoke the spiritual force of the Power Figure, eleven knitting needles are driven into the figure and, as a result, uncover the sources of affliction contained in each sculpture. A small strip of stocking is cut from every sculpture in the series and attached to the base of one of the imbedded knitting needles in order to increase the spiritual powers. The clothes iron, winding cord and plug refer directly to the figure’s function to address issues concerning misogyny and gender. When brought to life, Power Figure has the power to heal, to protect, and even to punish.

 

CONTEXT New York

Event 

Title: CONTEXT New York

When: Tuesday, May 3 - Sunday, May 8, 2016

Where: New York

The inaugural edition of CONTEXT New York will take place May 3 - 8, 2016 in Manhattan. The fair will join Art New York at Pier 94, located on the Hudson River at 12th Avenue at 55th Street. A VIP Private Preview will kick off art week in New York City on Tuesday, May 3 from 2-5pm, before Frieze's opening. CONTEXT New York and Art New York will be open to the general public, May 3 - 8. CONTEXT New York will provide collectors with a leading alternative fair to acquire important works of contemporary art. The Gallery will be exhibiting at the fair and featuring three artists (John J. Bedoya, Shelby Head and Jena Thomas) as well as showing a rotation of installations. Gallery collectors can contact Rebecca at rhansen@flalvarezgallery.com for information on the May 3rd VIP Preview.

2016 Art Palm Beach - Art Fair

Shelby Head showing @ Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery

First View
Wednesday, January 20, 6pm – 7:30pm
Invitation only

Collectors’ Preview
Wednesday, January 20, 7:30pm – 10pm
With invitation or multi-day pass

Public Hours
Thursday, January 21,­ 12pm -­ 7pm
Friday, January 22, 12pm ­- 9pm
Saturday, January 23,­ 12pm -­ 7pm
Sunday, January 24, 12pm -­ 6pm

Location

Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

Solo Exhibition: In Measured Line

Opening, Saturday, October 17th, 6-9, Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, 96 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06901

In Measured Line

Shelby Head's Innovative Minimalism at Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery

STAMFORD, CT -- Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery is proud to announce new gallery artist Shelby Head's solo exhibition, In Measured Line.

 In Measured Line is a series of work that has been conceived and created over the past four years. Head is influenced predominantly by the practicalities of minimalism as integrated with elements of light and architecture and balanced by her chosen medium: paper.

 For the exhibition, the artist has reproduced the essence of architecture by reducing line and space to its simplest form. Using versatile, flexible, and ordinary paper as material throughout the series, intentionally necessitates the works' medium (noun) to become an action (verb): to paper over, to patch up, or to conceal.

 The surface of Head's work is covered with a variety of off-white paper, creating a quiet contrast between shapes. The fragility and vulnerability of paper allows for chance to contribute to the overall surface composition; when the surface is damaged in the art-making process, an accidental mark is then covered up with a strip of paper, a pucker is cut out and resurfaced with a swatch, and a patch is added to counterbalance the cover up. These external forces of chance and circumstance allow for fresh discovery within each new composition.

 "Head appropriates her minimalist work with a steadfastly interdisciplinary mindset focused on the simplest form of line, shapes, and light," says Gallery Director Fernando Luis Alvarez. LED lights are embedded behind the surface of each piece, and partially illuminate the space inside through a variety of breaks on the surface. These openings give a glimpse into a private and mostly hidden inner landscape. Light and, at times, material escape onto the two-dimensional surface, creating a dialogue between the flat plane and sculpture. 

The more architectural components of the collection were, in part, inspired by the architecture in and around the Yale Art Gallery in New Haven, CT, close to the artist's home. This component does not necessarily ground the collection in a particular place, but rather it offers a contribution to historical reference in architecture and provides insight into the very material nature of construction.

In Measured Line invites the viewer to question the relationship between architecture and minimal abstraction, chance and intention in composition, interior and exterior space, two-dimensional art and sculpture, and the use of light as an element in art.

For more information, contact Rebecca Hansen, Communications Director, at rhansen@flalvarezgallery.com.

 

Thank You, Connecticut 2015

Thank You, Connecticut 2015!

Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery

Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM 

Stamford, CT

  

Fifth Annual "Thank You" Exhibition!

This year, in celebration of our fifth anniversary and recent accomplishment, we have turned the exhibition over to 5 of our Connecticut-based artists who will both jury and curate the show: Joe Boginski, Shelby Head, Nathan Lewis, Rex Prescott Walden, and new gallery artist James Gortner.

UPDATE: Artists Chosen!

Exhibiting artists are: Sharon Butler (sharonlbutler.com), Hollis Dunlap (hollisdunlap.com), Jaclyn Conley (jaclynconley.com), Camille Eskell (camilleeskell.com), Steven DiGiovanni, Jonathan Waters (jonathanwatersart.com), Molly McDonald, Scott Paterson, George Phelps, Roland Becerra, Connie Pfeiffer (conniepfeiffer.com), and Charles Macalvayne.

Join us in celebrating local talent on Saturday, August 1st!

  

 

 

Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery

I am delighted to announce I have recently joined the outstanding group of contemporary artists represented by the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in Stamford, CT. In 2009, Fernando Luis Alvarez opened his eponymous gallery in Stamford. Since then the Gallery has operated under the mission to build artists' careers from the doors in, and to build community from the doors out. I look forward to being a part of this vision and taking this next step with Fernando and his team.   

 

Marked By Line: Solo Show - Two Galleries

Marked by Line — Installation and New Work by Sculptor Shelby Head through December 19

The Paul Mellon Arts Center will stage an exhibition of new work by Connecticut sculptor Shelby Head entitled Marked by Line, from November 3 through December 19. Opening Reception on Friday, November 7, at 5:30- 7:30 p.m. The Arts Center is located on the campus of Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. when school is in session, and is free of charge.

Overlooked

One of the four artists chosen to bring their studio directly to Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in Stamford, transforming it into an active workplace as I complete my proposal for Overlooked.

Opening reception: Saturday, September 13th, 6-9pm

2014 Thank You, CT - Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, Stamford, CT

Thank you for applying to this year's Thank You, CT! With over 200 works to review, the decision was difficult for this year's judge, critic and writer Anthony Haden-Guest.
We are pleased to inform you that your work was selected for inclusion in this year's exhibition!
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 2, 5-7pm

96 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06901

Our hours are

Monday: by appointment
Tues. - Sat.: 10 AM - 6 PM

 

 

Interplay - an installation, 2014

January 25 - March 8

Closing reception: March 8th, 5-7

A-Space Gallery, West Cove Studio/A-Space Gallery
30 Elm Street
West Haven, CT.

Gallery hours by chance or appointment - phone 203-500-0268

(approx 1 minute off I-95)
Easy access from I-95, to exit 44.
Turn onto Kimberly Ave towards West Haven.
Kimberly Ave. becomes Elm St.
Turn onto Water St (first left after first stoplight),
then immediate left into parking lot. 
Entrance is at rear of building, up one flight of metal stairs.

Open Book - January 3 through January 27 2013

January 2013 - One Man Show

Press Release:

City Gallery, 994 State Street, New Haven, CT  06511. Thursday – Sunday 12-4pm. Also by appointment. Free. www.city-gallery.org. 203-782-2489. Open Book, Shelby Head, January 3, 2013 – January 27, 2013. Reception, Saturday, January 12, 2-5pm. Snow Date, January 19, 2-5pm. For further information contact:info@city-gallery.org.

City Gallery would like to invite you to view the exhibit. Please come by the gallery Thursday through Sunday from 12-4 pm, or call for an appointment.

Head will also be available for questions or interviews. She can be contacted at:

Shelby Head, shelbyhead@gmail.com, 203-435-2939                   

New Members Exhibition

Press Release:

Silvermine Art Center, New Members Exhibition: January 6 – February 17 2013

Opening Reception January 6th 2:00-4:00

Artist Talk:

Exhibiting Artists from the

New Members Show

Tuesday, January 22, 6:00pm

Artist talks are opportunities to get guided

tours of the exhibitions and meet and

interact with the artists.

The New Members Exhibition will showcase the works of five new Guild Artist members inducted in the spring and fall of 2012  representing a variety of media. The new members include: Mindy Green from Rowayton, CT – Painting; Shelby Head from Madison, CT – Sculpture; Heather Houston from New Milford, CT – Sculpture; Lara Ivanovic, from Larchmont, NY – Painting/Drawing; and Hank Paper from Hamden, CT – Photography.

Each year in the spring and fall, artists are selected, through a jurying process to become new members of the Silvermine Guild of Artists. The Silvermine Guild of Artists is a distinguished group of professional artists comprised of over 300 members who work in a wide array of media and are represented in museums, and prestigious private and corporate collections. Selection into the guild is based on several criteria such as creativity, uniqueness or timeliness, excellence of technique, compelling notion or idea, cultural or social relevance, professional presentation of work, clarity and continuity of style, and professional accomplishment.

 

1037 Silvermine Road § New Canaan, CT 06840 § Phone: 203-966-9700 § www.silvermineart.org

August 2012

Dear Shelby,

Congratulations! Your work was selected by our jury to be included in the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery's annual "Thank You, CT"show! The opening will take place on Friday, August 3rd from 6 to 9pm, and the show will run through August 31st. 

At his gallery in Downtown Stamford, Fernando Luis Alvarez represents some of the most gifted artists in Connecticut.

But in a state that's brimming with talent, he said "there's a lot of other artists who deserve exposure."

With that in mind, the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery will host "Thank You, CT," a juried exhibition showcasing the work of local painters, photographers and sculptors who are not carried by the gallery.

Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, 96 Bedford Street | Stamford, CT 06901