Ann R. Shapiro “Vanishing”

Ceres Gallery

poster for Ann R. Shapiro “Vanishing”
[Image: Ann R. Shapiro "New York City Flooding" (2020) Digital on Canvas, 18 x 24 in.]

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Ceres Gallery presents VANISHING, an exhibition by Ann R. Shapiro, depicting the current environmental crisis in two ways: in digital collages on canvas she focuses on issues in individual countries and states, while in the torn paper collages the literal narrative refers to the broken world in general.

The digital collages on canvas are part of an on-going series subsumed under the title of MAPS and CLIMATE CHANGE. In VANISHING, the focus is on countries, cities and states, where the primary emphases are on rising waters, rising temperatures and flooding. The work is entirely computer generated. Each piece includes at least one map and/or diagram as well as other imagery pertaining to the specific area. All pieces are layered to tell a story about the geographic region including the changes that are predicted to happen or already have.

During the creation of work in the MAPS AND CLIMATE CHANGE series, each piece goes through many permutations in order to arrive at its final state. Many of the different versions are printed out, taped to the wall, studied and then rejected for a variety of reasons: too big, too small, color is wrong, size is wrong, placement is wrong. There are an infinite number of reasons. It is these print “rejects” that form the basis of the torn paper collages, titled TRANSFORMED. The paper is torn, their placement is considered, arranged and rearranged while the larger narrative stays constant the placement and tension between elements tells a more metaphoric and personal story about change and the earth.



from April 27, 2021 to June 19, 2021


Ann R. Shapiro

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