... so much space in the night ...

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Sheila Ross


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A.I.R. Gallery | 111 Front Street, #228

A photographic odyssey featuring Miriam Healy and Michael Holleran

May 2013, Brooklyn, New York. A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to present ... so much space in the night ..., a photographic odyssey by Sheila Ross, featuring Miriam Healy and Michael Holleran.

This body of work maps the necessary descent into our underlying depth to reclaim our selves. The figures in the photographs slip off the edge of the great dark space, much as our dreams slide into peripheral vision as our waking selves try to grasp them. As in Chinese scroll painting, the central subject is to have no central subject or object, but an experience of emptiness, darkness, depth.

Sheila Ross is an English installation artist and photographer living and working in New York City. Trained as a sculptor at St. Martin’s School of Art in London, on coming to New York she earned an M.F.A. at Hunter College, CUNY. Since then, Ross has shifted from the physicality of substantial materials to work with light, space, and sound, first in environmental installations and now in photography and video. This shift is part of an ongoing attempt to create something that expresses what it feels like to be alive, to be human. Increasingly, Ross’ art practice is influenced by her Zen practice, which helps to strip away the habits of conceptualization to bring us directly to our unique experience of life.

Ross is a member of A.I.R Gallery, and has had fellowships at MacDowell Colony and Virginia Center for the Arts. She has taught in the visual arts programs at Hunter College and Fordham University, and is currently senior designer in the Office of Marketing Communications at Fordham University.

Her environmental installations over the last 20 years have been created largely with light, whether theater lights or projected film, video or slides. They have been shown at The Rotunda Gallery (1987), Experimental Intermedia (1989), BACA Downtown (1990), and Janalyn Hansen White Gallery, Iowa (2001).

Since joining A.I.R Gallery in 2005, she has had two solo exhibitions: NightVision (video and photographs) and {I am} just the birds in the grass... (infrared photographs). Of her several group shows with the gallery, two travelled to Sweden and Hungary. In 2009, photographs from her NightVision series were selected by Barbara O’Brien for “Third Person Singular: Does Gender Still Matter?” at the Art Institute of Boston. In 2008-9 the group show, “Your Documents Please,” toured Japan, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia and Mexico before coming to New York City. Prior to her A.I.R. membership, she was selected by Shamim Momin for the 2003 A.I.R. Biennial.