Christine Shields: When Holy Were the Haunted Forest Boughs

When Holy Were the Haunted Forest Boughs
New Work by Christine Shields
August 29 – September 28, 2008

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For Shields’s first solo show at Triple Base, she will create an eerie yet ethereal environment, exploring the idea of psychic homelessness. Through a mythological narrative, Shields ponders the impermanence of life and the human need to wander. The installation will highlight Shields’s signature illustrative drawings and paintings of ghosts, orphans, animals and spirits. The artist will also be the first to extend her installation down into the gallery’s cavernous “Triple Basement”, employing descent mythology to depict the soul’s journey into darkness and then back into light.

Christine Shields has a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. She was a featured artist in Bay Area Now 4 (2005) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco and has had solo shows at S.F. Center for the Book, San Francisco (2005); City Hall, San Francisco (2003) and Adobe Books, San Francisco (2002). Selected group shows include White Columns, NY (2006); Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco (2006); UNLV’s Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, Las Vegas, NV (2006); Aidan Savoy Galley, NYC (2006) and The Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2006). Shields was the creator of comic series “Blue Hole” and recently published the book “The Lonely Bear” with Booklyn, New York. She will be releasing her first album “Treasure Gone Feral” on Evangeline Records in November.

Opening Reception: Friday, August 29th, 7-10pm
Special musical performance by Linda Hagood

A Dinner Lecture Series
event in conjunction with this exhibition will take place in a comfortable off-site location on Friday, September 5th featuring guest chef Wendy Van Wagner.