Don’t Be So Blue

Mizin Shin | Rachel Shelton
A Collaborative Exhibition

On View: October 14–November 1
Opening Reception: Sat, Oct 14

Don’t Be So Blue is a single body of work produced by artists Mizin Shin and Rachel Shelton. For Shin and Shelton, working collaboratively is hardly a stretch. While the two maintain separate and often contrasting studio practices, there are several points of connection between their work: both artists are printmakers with a background in drawing; both are interested in analyzing connections and systems from both macro and micro perspectives; and both usually begin with a concept and build a body of work from there.

In planning this exhibition, the two artists decided to step back from their customary starting points and return to intuitive making, focusing on basic elements of design: color, composition, line, and shape. One artist would begin each piece, and then trade it with the other. Working instinctively and reactively, the second artist would complete it. The resulting artworks display a merging of style and concept in the form of drawings, prints, and a large-scale artists’ book. 

Sign up for the Artists printmaking Workshop
with Mizin & Rachel on Saturday, October 21st!

MIZIN SHIN | Born and raised in South Korea, Mizin Shin graduated from Hong-ik University with a B.F.A in Printmaking and received her M.F.A from University at Buffalo, where she taught intaglio, collagraph, and screen print courses. Shin has been showing her work regionally and nationally at institutions across the United States. She was awarded the 2017 Graduate Student Fellowship from the Southern Graphics Council International, where she represented University at Buffalo in Atlanta with a demonstration of a non-toxic intaglio technique.

RACHEL SHELTON | Rachel Shelton completed her B.F.A. at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2011 and her M.F.A. at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2017. Her work is research driven and centered around the practice of printmaking, but also includes bookmaking, drawing, enamel, and sculpture, as well as curatorial work. At both the undergraduate and graduate level, she has studied the methods and theories used in the fields of Archaeology and Anthropology to gain an overhead perspective of the evolution and organizational structures of human populations.


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