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Shannon Goff Exhibition Profiled

Miles to Empty

A solo exhibition of work by Shannon Goff, Penn State School of Visual Arts assistant professor of Art, at Susanne Hilberry Gallery in Ferndale, Michigan has recently been featured by Hyperallergic, DesignBoom, ThisIsColossal, FastCoDesign, the Detroit Metro Times, and others.

The exhibition, a culmination of two years of work and research, opened September 19 and has been extended until November 21. The largest sculpture in the exhibition is “Miles to Empty”, a full-size sculpture of a 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V, rendered entirely out of corrugated cardboard. An homage to the artist’s late Grandfather, the Sculpture is also a meditation on her Motor City roots. As Sarah Rose Sharp writes in Hyperallergic:

“There is a sense of quietness and reverence that permeates the gallery where it is displayed — perhaps a reflection of the lingering sensitivity many longtime Detroiters feel around the city’s precipitous decline, or perhaps the gallery’s more personal sense of recent loss around its founder Susanne Hilberry, or perhaps just a deep appreciation of the astonishing amount of work that went into building this creation by hand.”

In another room in the gallery, Goff is exhibiting more than a dozen new sculptures in fired and glazed ceramic as well as a site specific work titled “Doyenne”, built from clay in the gallery in the days preceding the opening.

A catalog of the exhibition is in the works featuring essays and images. The work “Miles To Empty” and the accompanying artist’s book are being supported by a 2013 Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities Research Grant and a Penn State College of Art & Architecture Faculty grant.

Photos courtesy of PD Rearick

Susanne Hilberry Gallery
700 Livernois
Ferndale MI 48220
248 541 4700

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