Five Alive--Shannon Rankin

Five Alive is where we ask people we admire five questions about their creative lives. Today Shannon Rankin shares a bit about her practice.

Tessellation (Cape Foulweather) , 2013, map, oil, paper, 12.25 x 17.5

Tessellation (Cape Foulweather), 2013, map, oil, paper, 12.25 x 17.5

Terrain (Wicomico) , 2013, map, acrylic, paper, 17 x 21.75

Terrain (Wicomico), 2013, map, acrylic, paper, 17 x 21.75

From Shannon's Artist Statement:

I create installations, collages and sculptures that use the language of maps to explore the connections among geological and biological processes, patterns in nature, geometry and anatomy.

Using a variety of distinct styles I intricately cut, score, wrinkle, layer, fold, paint and pin maps to produce revised versions that often become more like the terrains they represent.

These new geographies explore notions of place, perception and experience, suggesting the potential for a broader landscape and inviting viewers to examine their relationships with each other and the world we share.

Shannon Rankin was born in California in 1971 and currently lives and works in Rangeley, Maine. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine (1997). Her recent solo and two person exhibitions include Crux, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, Maine (2013), Fathom, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine (2011) and Disperse/Displace, Gallery Voss, Düsseldorf, Germany (2010).

Shannon Rankin

Shannon Rankin

She was included in the book Creative Block by Danielle Krysa (aka The Jealous Curator), which just came out this spring, and she's been accepted to the CMCA Biennial 2014, where she will be creating a large site-specific installation with ocean and star maps, inspired by the maritime history of Rockport, Maine.

What is your favorite art making tool?

My X-Acto blade is my primary art making tool, but scissors are fun, too!

What music/band/artist are you listening to the most right now?

Right now, I’m revisiting The Stylistics, Hall & Oates and Radiohead.

The cedars

The cedars

The greenhouse in the snow

The greenhouse in the snow

Where do you go for peace and quiet?

I live in the country so peace and quiet are relatively easy to find here. I enjoy taking walks in the woods. There’s a cluster of cedars that I’m quite fond of. I’ll visit them and take a seat on a rock that I placed in-between them. During the warmer months I enjoy taking studio breaks in our tiny greenhouse.

Where is your next dream travel destination?

Anywhere the sun is shining! I would love to visit the Southwest again and see the Grand Canyon. I would also love to visit Glacier National Park because I want to see a glacier before they’re all gone.

Is there a color or palette that you are drawn to?

I’m drawn to vibrant hues from the ’60‘s. And I love every single shade of blue.

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Opening your work space for visitors

Gowanus Open Studios is October 19 and 20th in Brooklyn, and we are very excited to be participating. The Kind Aesthetic studio is a hub and a haven. This is where we work, have meetings, eat lunch, and make art work. We are happy to open our space and our individual art practices to the public, and we wanted to share how we are preparing. Even if you're not having an artist open studio, this is helpful for any small business or organization's open house.

Sara Jones, detail:  It Was There,  acrylic and thread on canvas, 2013     

Sara Jones, detail: It Was There, acrylic and thread on canvas, 2013


Andrea Wenglowskyj , I ran back for you , archival digital print,  20x28", 2012

Andrea Wenglowskyj, I ran back for you, archival digital print,  20x28", 2012

Artwork: What are we showing and what do we still need to make before October 19th?  Does anything need to be framed or finished? Time to plan some extra studio time.

Pricing: Will there be artwork for sale and how much will it cost? Better make sure to have a price list handy and make any signage in case it gets busy. And maybe it makes sense to have something smaller and cheaper for sale that everyone might want to take home.

Accepting payments : Cash, check or charge? We each need to get our Square ready and do we have sales tax all figured out? Don't forget that people might want a receipt.

The space: Let's make a clean up plan to make sure the space looks neat and inviting, add some extra chairs if we have room, and don't leave any valuables out for the taking. Plus, let's make sure we have music, the temperature can be regulated and the lighting is great.

Takeaways:  Remember to have some postcards with our websites and contact info on them as free takeaways, as well as some business cards out and available. We will   leave a mailing list out for people to sign, as well.

Refreshments:  Snacks, water, drinks.... and anything else sound good? We don't have to spend a fortune for it to look and taste great. 

Signage:  Assure that there is clear, large signage outside of the building leading straight to the studio on the day of. 

Maps and Communication: We'll leave out maps so people can visit other studios, and we will be sure to email all our lists at least two weeks before about the upcoming event with all of the pertinent information, including how to get there, since it can be confusing. Don't forget to remind everyone a few days before hand. We'll also be sharing the event via social media. In this case, Gowanus Open Studios has us making Artsicle pages so visitors can use them as a guide on their visit.

Conversation: Make sure to have some talking points ready about our work so we can engage the public with some meaningful conversation.  

Rest: Both days will be really long day and fun, so we'd better plan to get some beauty sleep.


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