Shawn Powell Featured at Cleveland’s New Abattoir Gallery and in Vanity Fair Magazine

Shawn Powell, Beach Umbrella, 2020.  Acrylic on Canvas. 30"x66", painting of a red and white striped beach umbrella with a dark yellow background.
Kent State University Assistant Professor of Painting Shawn Powell is being featured in a two-person show at Cleveland’s new Abattoir Gallery. His paintings are being shown alongside fellow Ohio artist Lauren Yeager’s photography, sculpture and installations. The exhibition will be on view from July 25 through Sept. 5, 2020. The show will have two opening reception days: July 31 and Aug. 1, 2020. The opening days will be by reservation through Eventbrite and then the show will be open during gallery hours (Thursday-Saturday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.) or by appointment.

The artists’ work focuses on overlooked quotidian objects in their work, each adopting a philosophical tangent consistent with their commentary and interests. A sly sense of humor is common ground found in both bodies of work. This is the gallery’s second exhibition after their inaugural exhibition featuring Kent State alumna Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson and New York-based artist Kaveri Raina, which closes on July 25. The gallery, which officially opened in June, is the brainchild of Lisa Kurzner and Rose Burlingham, two veteran independent, Cleveland-based curators. 

One of Powell's paintings was featured in Vanity Fair this August. 

Image: (Top)Shawn Powell, Beach Towel, Scarf, Tooth, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 66 inches. (right) Shawn Powell, Beach Umbrella, 2020.  Acrylic on Canvas. 30"x 66"

POSTED: Friday, August 28, 2020 - 11:28am
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