Sheila Gallagher

 

presented by DODGEgallery

 

 

Born 1967 in Morristown, NJ, USA


A hybrid practitioner known for exhibitions of disparate materials, laborious inventive processes, and strong conceptual bookends, Sheila Gallagher's work displays rigor and delight in material juxtapositions and manipulations. Her latest series of plastic paintings are made with hundreds of melted plastic objects from Gallagher’s life In this series, Gallagher draws upon garden imagery associated with different faith traditions including Bhuddism, Islam and Christianity, to create painterly mash-ups of the scared and the profane. Acting like time capsules, the plastic paintings are, in a sense, material biographies of Gallagher's life, as well as encapsulation of objects from this particular moment in our culture, endowing the works with a kind of pedestrian historicism. Grounded in the quotidian, yet framed by a wider view of historical events, Gallagher’s work asks us to explore how objects define us and to be awake to their shifting literal, symbolic, and poetic relationships.

 

 


Sheila Gallagher, Deute, 2011, melted plastic mounted on armature, 96 x 108 inches

Sheila Gallagher, Deute (detail), 2011, melted plastic mounted on armature, 96 x 108 inches

Sheila Gallagher, Deute (detail), 2011, melted plastic mounted on armature, 96 x 108 inches

Sheila Gallagher, Equivalents, 2006, single-channel video, 4 minutes and 11 seconds, looped