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Meagan Shein
updated: 05/16/2010
website: www.meaganshein.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Abandoned House, Detroit I
Detail of Abandoned House, Detroit I
Abandoned House, Detroit III
Detail of Abandoned House, Detroit III
Abandoned House, Detroit V
Detail of Abandoned House, Detroit V
Abandoned House, Detroit VI
Detail of Abandoned House, Detroit VI
Abandoned House, Detroit VII
Detail of Abandoned House, Detroit VII
Abandoned House, Detroit VIII
Detail of Abandoned House, Detroit VIII
Gas Station V
Detail of Gas Station V
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  landscape, architecture, social criticism, autobiographical, consumer culture, memory, documentary, political
 
 
Abandoned House, Detroit I by Meagan Shein
Abandoned House, Detroit I
paper with beeswax, encaustic and ink
2009
29" x  35" 
Detail of Abandoned House, Detroit I by Meagan Shein
Detail of Abandoned House, Detroit I
paper with beeswax, encaustic and ink
2009
29" x  35" 
Abandoned House, Detroit III by Meagan Shein
Abandoned House, Detroit III
paper with beeswax, encaustic and ink
2009
22" x  30" 
Detail of Abandoned House, Detroit III by Meagan Shein
Detail of Abandoned House, Detroit III
paper with beeswax, encaustic and ink
2009
22" x  30" 
Abandoned House, Detroit V by Meagan Shein
Abandoned House, Detroit V
paper with beeswax, encaustic and ink
2010
25 " x  34 " 
Detail of Abandoned House, Detroit V by Meagan Shein
Detail of Abandoned House, Detroit V
paper with beeswax, encaustic and ink
2010
25" x  34" 
Abandoned House, Detroit VI by Meagan Shein
Abandoned House, Detroit VI
paper with beeswax, encaustic and ink
2010
25" x  39" 
Detail of Abandoned House, Detroit VI by Meagan Shein
Detail of Abandoned House, Detroit VI
paper with beeswax, encaustic and ink
2010
25" x  39" 
Abandoned House, Detroit VII by Meagan Shein
Abandoned House, Detroit VII
paper with beeswax, encaustic and ink
2010
25" x  39" 
Detail of Abandoned House, Detroit VII by Meagan Shein
Detail of Abandoned House, Detroit VII
paper with beeswax, encaustic and ink
2010
25" x  39" 
Abandoned House, Detroit VIII by Meagan Shein
Abandoned House, Detroit VIII
paper with beeswax, encaustic and ink
2010
25" x  39" 
Detail of Abandoned House, Detroit VIII by Meagan Shein
Detail of Abandoned House, Detroit VIII
paper with beeswax, encaustic and ink
2010
25" x  39" 
Gas Station V by Meagan Shein
Gas Station V
paper with beeswax, encaustic and ink
2008
22" x  30" 
Detail of Gas Station V by Meagan Shein
Detail of Gas Station V
paper with beeswax, encaustic and ink
2010
22" x  30" 

Artist Statement

     My "Abandoned Houses, Detroit" series are drawings based on photographs I have taken of abandoned houses in the city of Detroit. I draw with pen and ink on paper painted with beeswax and encaustic. I have a personal history with Detroit: I was born there, my parents grew up there, and my grandparents were political activists there. These drawings are about what remains after departure and displacement. The abandoned houses are ageless ruins, yet contemporary images.

      In the "Gas Station" series I am examining what is visually ignored or overlooked as homogeneous suburban growth spreads everywhere. Will the artificial landscaping around shopping malls, gas stations and housing developments become our accepted notion of landscape?  In both series the drawings function the way a memory works, distorted and distant, yet colored by emotion.
 

Artist Bio / CV
 

MEAGAN SHEIN

Selected Exhibitions (*Solo):
2010
DIS*PLACE*MENT, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI
2009
ENCAUSTIC WORKS '09, The Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY,

THE AMERICAN SCENE, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE,

2008
POST-PETROLEUM, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada; Reno, Reno, NV,

2005

MEAGAN SHEIN: WAX DRAWINGS, Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA*

MEAGAN SHEIN: MIXED MEDIA, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA (catalog)*
Scope Art Fair NY, Miller Block Gallery, Flatotel, New York, NY
2004

MEAGAN SHEIN, Buffalo Arts Studio, Buffalo, NY (catalog)*
SUMMER EXHIBITION, Hebrew Home for the Aged, Riverdale, NY
HOLIDAY GIFTS, Transplant Gallery, New York, NY
AAF NY, Riva Blumenfeld Fine Art, Pier 92, New York, NY
2003

PAPER 2003, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY
2002
A VERY COSY AFFAIR, Staub(g*fzk!) Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
BIOMORPHIX, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE (catalog)
2001
INVENTED OBJECTS/IMAGINED SPACES, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

2000
FLURRY, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
SPACE*TIME*LINKS, Gretel’s_File at Penzenstadler + Schaller Architecten, Zurich, Switzerland
SURFACE TENSION, Art in General, New York, NY

1997

MENDED EGGS, Washington Square Windows, New York University, New York, NY*
ARTIST IN THE MARKETPLACE EXHIBITION, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY


Selected Bibliography:

Victoria Donohoe "Anniversary Show", The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/10/09
Nancye Tuttle, "Steppin’ Out", Lowell Sun, 1/27/05 

Kate Deforest, "Different Seasons", The Buffalo News, 3/12/04  Victoria Donohoe, "Contemplative Works…", The Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/2/02
Mike Giuliano, "Artists Imagine…", Baltimore City Paper, 6/27/01  Annemarie Setz, "Neue Perspektiven …", Neue Zuger Zeitung, 12/30/2000 Nr. 301
Robert Mahoney, "Flurry", Time Out New York, March 9-16, 2000, No. 233 

Grace Glueck, "Surface Tension", The New York Times, 10/08/99


Education:

Hunter College M.F.A, Painting
University of Chicago  B.A, Special Honors, Art History and Art & Design