In this week’s gallery visit, I had the pleasure of meeting an interesting artist named Maccabee Shelley. Shelley was born in Los Angeles, but hated the weather. He decided to move to San Francisco to earn his degree in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University. While at Humboldt, Shelley discovered his talent in art when he never received anything less than an A in his art classes. He decided that art was his passion, and wanted to enhance his art experience more. He then changed his major to Studio art and earned his degree. He is now continuing his education as a post-baccalaureate special student at CSULB. Shelley has had many great opportunities to display his artworks in the CSULB galleries. This gallery was his third and was displayed in the Max L. Gatov Gallery West.
Shelley’s gallery was titled, “Fragile Nature”, which consisted of glass, plastic, and ceramics fused together. After being in San Francisco for so long, Shelley used his experience and integrated it into his art. He stated that he was very inspired by the beautiful city, which is why I sensed a “hipster” vibe in his art work. His art pieces consisted of many vibrant and abstract colors Shelley describes his artwork as “ongoing” since he can change it at any given time. He adds pieces and takes out piece constantly. Shelley used different items he found in thrift stores, garage sales, and even dumpsters. He also incorporated in items like a suitcase, piggy bank, and statues that didn’t necessarily go with his gallery, but found a way to manipulate them to his advantage. He feels like that’s the beauty in art and that art is all around us. He uses his artwork as a way to inspire others to chase what they are dreaming, even if they believe that whatever they are chasing is ridiculous. Many of the pieces of art were all unique in all different ways, yet showed unity in his gallery as a whole.
Most of the pieces were fused together to create a bigger object, yet some pieces were singled and placed near the larger object. In a way, that represented things in life falling apart or not belonging in the bigger picture. Everything also seemed really raw and fragile. I also thing life is raw and fragile. Life can be manipulated in any way you want it to be, like art. This gallery was a wonderful representation of life and everything around us. The way we think and execute things are also so fragile, yet we shouldn’t tip-toe around life but instead take life on with the fullest of our abilities.
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