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For Immediate Release: February 13, 2012
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A talk by the artist about how she negotiates between influence and production

Friday, March 2nd at 7pm, YU hosts a talk by Shannon Ebner about the relationship between the ‘unrested’ images that possess her and the ones that come from her own camera. As a photographer and poet, Ebner continually investigates the ways a photograph can denote something different than what it depicts and similarly, how language can be read outside of its literal possibilities. Her works speak of the dying legacy of direct representation, as straight photography once had. Her talk at YU will address how making art is an ancient situation with a simple calculus, one perhaps that our plundered, fragmentary minds will never exist outside of: you see things, then you turn around and make new things… it never happens all at once.

Shannon Ebner was born in 1971 in Englewood, New Jersey. She received her BA from Bard College and her MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art in 2000. Her work has been included in the 54th International Venice Biennale “Illuminations” (2011); the Berlin Biennale (2010); the “2008 Whitney Biennial, “The Whitney Museum of American Art (2008). Solo projects include the Hammer Museum (2011) and PS1 MoMA (2007). This spring Ebner’s work will be included in the group exhibition “Ecstatic Alphabet” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

This talk is part of a series planned as a part of YU’s Preview Projects and is aimed at fostering an ongoing discussion of contemporary art and the development of YU Contemporary art center in Portland, Oregon.


WHAT: An Unrested Image, a talk by Shannon Ebner

WHEN: Friday March 2nd, 2012, 7 PM
WHERE: YU, 800 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
ADMISSION: $5 Suggested Donation, Free for Students & Artists