Shannon Cannings, adjunct instructor at School of Art and one of only two Texas artists west of I-35 to be curated into the 2011 Texas Biennial, will be in a two- person show, with Ann Wood, at the Anya Tish Gallery in Houston.
Cannings has the following to say about her recent work:
As an artist and a consumer, I am drawn to the bright colors and thrilling packaging of toy guns. In my paintings I make these objects appealing and strong, so that the viewer is as absorbed by the formal beauty of the objects as I am. Toy guns, however, can be polarizing objects. While some people see them as objects from their own childhoods, recalling good times playing with friends, for others, these toys are symbols of how our society teaches our children to be violent. While I seek to control the imagery in various ways, I want viewers to have room to encounter the paintings in their own ways, bringing with them their own histories.
The opening reception for the exhibition is May 6th from 6:00-8:30 PM. The exhibition continues through June 4th.