Press release from Mars Hill University:
Opening reception Wednesday, October 3, 6:00–8:00PM
September 26–November 2, 2018
Weizenblatt Gallery, Mars Hill University
Mars Hill, NC
Shull has engaged a wide range of Mexican imagery in this new body of work—appropriating, collaging, conflating, colliding, concealing, painting, and pasting; evoking enduringly complicated sets of relationships. Old and new, past and present, privileged and powerless, near and far, horizontal and vertical, over and under, faded and saturated. The stability of abstracted architectural form meets the instability of historical representation and interpretation. Cut-out eyes, applied crudely onto pre-Colombian figurines and Mexican folk heroes offer an opportunity to feel the figures looking back at us, or communing knowingly among themselves. The museum springs to life in uncanny ways.
—Eric Baden, Professor, Warren Wilson College