2015 XQ Artist, Shea Hembrey Awarded 2017 Artist in Residency at Scupture Space
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One of our resident artists from 2015, Shea Hembrey, is currently an artist in residency at Sculpture Space in Utica, New York. This is a 2-month residency with 24/7 access to huge studio space and a studio assistant.
Shea Hembrey, Newport, AR
Residency: July-August 2017
Shea Hembrey grew up on a dirt road in rural Hickory Grove, Arkansas in a family of farmers, factory workers, hunters, trappers, musicians, and cockfighters. He continues to use that family farm where he grew up as a source for materials in his studio work and as a base for multiple projects.
His creative practice questions reality. He seriously explores our best current understanding of the structure of reality while also often playing trickster. Currently, that exploration questions our contemporary view of the universe as revealed through physics.
Though always focused on developing new technical skills on his own, he has a varied formal art education. His nine years of studying art at university include a year spent studying Maori art in New Zealand and an MFA from Cornell University.
His 2011 release of SEEK, a biennial of art showcasing the work of 100 artists—all of whom he invented and created the artwork for himself, garnered widespread attention. The project was featured in a TED talk, a half-hour NPR interview, and in a six page profile in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. This biennial aimed at a broad, general audience was a compelling exploration of what truly makes art meaningful while slyly questioning the business practices and hype of the contemporary art world.
He is currently represented by Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York and by the Wylie Literary Agency