Introductions 2004: Shonagh Adelman
Shonagh Adelman: Queens
July 10 - July 31, 2004
Reception Saturday, July 10, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
exhibition artwork

As a contemporary feminist artist, Shonagh Adelman reveals her gift of visually exploring intellectual ideas. Her interest in representing the female image in our culture has become a decades' long investigation that has fostered lectures, books, photography, painting and art criticism. By utilizing images of women in cliched poses, Adelman succeeds in confronting us with our own pre-conceived ideas and stereotypes.

Shonagh Adelman's latest body of work is striking in its beauty. With a florescent palette, the images of lovely young women, in typically seductive and provocative poses, force us to think about our natural responses. As thoughts of fashion magazines, beauty pageants, and the dangers of over sexualized female adolescents swirl through our heads, we still sense the artist's obvious attraction to the female form.


As writer, critic, political activist, and visual artist, Shonagh Adelman aims to reframe the notion of gender in representation. Her inclusion in prestigious collections and exhibitions attests both to the quality of the artwork, and the persistent imperative of her viewpoint. San Francisco is lucky to have this native Canadian artist in its midst. One can only wonder what took her so long to get here.

Ariel Englander
Westport, Connecticut

Education
1991-1994 York University, Toronto, Women's Studies
1989 University of Toronto, MA
1984 Art Institute of Chicago, BFA

One Person Exhibitions (selected)
2004 George Krevsky Gallery, "Queens", San Francisco, CA
1998 Linda Kirkland Gallery, "Playgirls", New York, NY
1997 Linda Kirkland Gallery, "Bad Seeds: 1930-1970", New York, NY
Toronto Photographers Workshop, "Skindeep", Toronto, Canada
1995 Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver, "Skindeep", Vancouver, Canada
1994 A Space, Toronto, "Tele Donna", Toronto, Canada
1991 Mercer Union, "Larger Than Life", Toronto, Canada
1990 National Theatre, "Lady Heads", San Jose, Costa Rica

Group Exhibitions (selected)
2004
"Art of the Game", George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"The Figure Now", Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT
2001
"The Darker Side of Playland", San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
2000 "Logan Collection", San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
"About Face", Fuller Museum, Boston, MA
2000 "New Directions", Linda Kirkland, New York, NY
1999 "Looking at Ourselves", San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
"In Your Face", New Langton Arts , San Francisco, CA
1998 "Pop Surrealism", Aldrich Museum, CT
1991 "lnvitational Show", Cold City Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1988 "Renovate", A Space, Toronto, Canada
"Forbidden Representations", Saw Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
1980 Gallery 76, Toronto, Canada

Collections
Mr & Mrs Jack van Hulst
Gotham Associates
Vicki and Kent Logan
Mr. Joel Malin
Mr. Tony Podesta
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Awards
Toronto Visual Arts Council Grant
Canada Council Paris Studio
Ontario Arts Council Visual Arts Grant
Ontario Arts Council Arts Writers Grant
Canada Council B Grant
Canada Council Project Grant