Either or, Or both: Nate Cassie and Ethel Shipton
October, 9 – November 1, 2014
Based in San Antonio, Cassie and Shipton are a multidisciplinary creative couple, each known for exploring human perceptions of space and duration through a wide range of media and expression. As artist/curators, Cassie and Shipton have collaborated onVacancy, a series of one-night projects in San Antonio, and have exhibited their individual works internationally. This is their first joint project at Ruiz-Healy Art. A catalog with essays by poets Michael Theune and Jenny Browne accompanies the exhibition.
Cassie’s work deals with what he terms “spaces in between,” the gaps that distance surface from volume, skin and structure, formal and intuitive systems. “ It’s the place where a rub or a nudge occurs—the space in between layers, the space in between object and reflection, the space in between myself and others,” he explains.
Like Cassie, Ethel Shipton’s practice is informed by a strong conceptual base and encompasses a variety of expression. Through painting, installation, photography, and text, Shipton spotlights instants of clarity that flit by in the comings and goings of daily life. Past works have dwelt on urban scenes, language, and attempts to process information. Her current series featuring signage on rural roads, continues her concerns with movement, time—and timing. “It’s about exits and entrances and how the timing of every exit allows you to enter somewhere or some place,” says Shipton. “You suddenly find yourself arriving to a place you intended or to some place surprising and new. In the end, it’s about movement, the journey and the anticipation of the moment of arrival.”