Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Jay Shinn: Geometrical Abstraction


Edge 3 2104
enamel paint with acrylic wall painted
element, mounted directly to wall unique
36 x 36 in



Through a variety of processes and materials, I seek to expand upon a vocabulary based on geometrical abstraction. Physical and illusionistic elements intuitively merge to create a dichotomy of questions about reality. Exploring physical boundaries and logic, similar to that used in architecture and engineering, provides a tipping point for exploration.

Drawing is at the core of my artistic practice. The act of drawing for me is a release, often in an unconscious way, which ironically filters ideas and concepts that are later more fully developed. Often the small gesture in the rendering of an idea is complete and meaningful in a large way.


Neon Drawing 3, 2015
colored pencil on transparent paper
19 x 19 in
Neon Drawing 9, 2015
colored pencil on transparent paper
19 x 19 in



Drawing allows me to organize abstract thoughts. I draw almost daily. These are not in sketchbooks but taped to my studio walls, which gives me time to contemplate the work. Certain images seem to reoccur. Overtime I edit and remove drawings from the wall. The ones that stay seem to direct my work into new phases and provide a somewhat consistent train of thought to the larger works I do. Through a varied use of materials and mediums, lines become actual objects in space. Most recently, I have been using neon as a way of extending the drawings into physical works. I choose to use light as a way to transform a line into reaching and affecting another realm of senses.




Slanted Bar 4, 2014
hand painted enamel on neon, mounted on wall
32 x 24 in



Spin 1, 2015
hand painted enamel on neon, mounted on wall, unique
42 x 42 in




Tablet Drawing #6, Series 1, 2012
marker and colored pencil on layers of translucent vellum, signed on verso
8.5 x 11 in




Tablet Drawing 16, 2013
marker and colored pencil on layers of translucent vellum, signed on verso
12 x 9 in


X_Bar 4, 2014
colored pencil on layers of translucent vellum, signed on verso
4 x 6 in

X_Bar 5, 2014
colored pencil on layers of translucent vellum, signed on verso
4 x 6 in

X_Bar 8, 2014
colored pencil on layers of translucent vellum, signed on verso
4 x 6 in


Slanted Bar 2, 2014
hand painted enamel on neon, mounted on wall, unique
25 x 20 in



About the Artist
Jay Shinn received his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and was a resident at Skowhegan School of Printing and Sculpture. Shinn lives and works in Dallas and New York City.

Shinn has exhibited in the U.S. and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Kunstverein Neukölln, Berlin; Louise Alexander Gallery, Porto Cervo Italy; Knoerl-Baettig, Winterthur Switzerland; Leila Heller Gallery, Theodore Art, and Mixed Greens, NYC; Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX; Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX; UCCS, Colorado Springs, CO.

Public collections include DFW International Airport, Houston Hobby Airport, Microsoft, Fidelity Investments, Tom Ford Collection, Langham Hotel Chicago, Neiman Marcus Colleciton and the State Department (Washington DC) among others.

Currently, Shinn is working on a large-scale public commission for the Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) International Terminal to be completed Spring 2016. For more on Shinn's work see www.jayshinn.com

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