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"New York City's Shane Charles Smith calls himself a conceptual artist, but his new mixed-media works at the Carrack have an aesthetic fullness and a physicality that are not immediately associated with the term. His "Quilt (Map of the Atlantic)"—a great hanging curtain incorporating asphalt from Florida, sand from New York, and clay from North Carolina—plays a heavy, tolling chord in concert with El Anatsui's "Lines That Link Humanity.."
—Brian Howe, staff writer on arts, entertainment and culture for INDY Week, Pitchfork, Edge, eMusic, and others.
"The archive, cultural memory, the past and its power in the present, loss of histories, people and lands, artifacts, the performative gestures of remembering, honoring and witnessing all play important parts in this work. East to East investigates these dynamic explorations of history, memory, loss, language that artists make as cultural storytellers and producers. The work is deeply engaged in the physical trace – be it photographic, indexical, handmade, sculptural, textual or performative."
—Jeffrey Waites, ICA Interim Director of Exhibitions at Maine College of Art
"Art has a healing power. Joseph Beuys talked about this healing power in his Art; he called it chaos. I believe the healing power is the earth itself; indigenous groups all over the world have used earth for spiritual and physical healing."
Shane Charles (b. 1983, Bangor, ME) earned his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he worked directly with artists elin O’hara Slavick and Jina Valentine. In 2015 he was commissioned by the UNC Department of Art to create “Concrete Angel,” as part of the UNC Alumni Sculpture Garden permanent collection. He currently lives and works in New York City.
Smith’s venues circle between unsanctioned performance spaces and curated museum exhibitions. Solo and group exhibitions and performance venues include the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, ME, The John and June Allcott Gallery and The Ackland Museum at UNC, the DAC Gallery in Los Angeles, and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.