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New York artist Zoë Sheehan Saldaña comes to Sierra Nevada College

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Meet the artist at the opening reception Feb. 16;  gallery exhibition runs through March 8

(INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev.) – New York–based artist Zoë Sheehan Saldaña works hard making art that may require a closer look. What is created through painstaking handicraft looks just like the common mass produced item it resembles. Meet the artist and see these incredible works at the Tahoe Gallery at Sierra Nevada College on February 16, 2012. The exhibition runs through March 8.

There are boxes of strikeable matches that Sheehan has whittled, one  by one, from aspen she found near her  country house; a bright orange life jacket (it really floats!) that she sewed and  stuffed with fungus she grew herself; a bundle of twine she hand-spun from hemp fiber. Recently, the artist even  manufactured usable paper towels during a residency at Dieu Donné Papermill in New York using wood pulp that  she later ran through a letterpress to get just the right texture. Each towel is a gorgeous handmade ringer for the original and sells for less than twenty bucks—a  lot for a paper towel, yes, but a bargain for a real handmade work of art. Why rent, when you can own?

Saldaña was born in Massachusetts in 1973 and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. She studied at Oberlin College (B.A., 1994), the Rochester Institute of Technology (M.F.A., 1998), and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2000). She has created solo exhibitions in the United States including “Ersatz” at Steve Turner Contemporary (Los Angeles, CA) and “Meanwhile” at Light Work (Syracuse, NY). Sheehan’s work has been presented in group shows at venues such as PS 1/MoMA, Exit Art, and the Silverstein Gallery in New York; the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas; Analix Forever in Geneva, Switzerland; the Bischoff/Weiss Gallery in London, England; and the Malmö Kunst Museum in Sweden. In 2009 she was awarded a NYFA Individual Artist Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work. Sheehan is an Associate Professor at Baruch College/CUNY in New York City.

For more artist information visit http://www.zoesheehan.com . For Tahoe Gallery information or group tours contact Logan Lape at [email protected] or 775/881.7537. Tahoe Gallery is located in the Prim Library on the Sierra Nevada College campus at 999 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village NV 89451. The Gallery is open daily. Check website for exact hours.

Sierra Nevada College is a non-profit liberal arts college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees with locations in Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Reno and online. The interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes entrepreneurial thinking, professional preparedness and sustainability. To learn more about Sierra Nevada College, call 775.831.1314 or visit www.sierranevada.edu

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