North Salem, NY (PRWEB) June 10, 2012
Legends and Leviathans addresses issues of divinity juxtaposed against current natural and manmade catastrophes, including the Japanese tsunami and resulting nuclear disaster. Shandler’s work was selected for the Hammond Museum (http://www.hammondmuseum.org) by jurors Miwako Tezuka, Associate Curator Asia Society, NY, Monica Ramirez-Montagut, Curator of the The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT, and Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Associate Curator of El Museo del Barrio, NY.
Shandler’s large narrative paintings and quilted mixed-media artwork are created on translucent polyester film, a type of oversize plastic sheeting. “I am creating a new visual mythology that illuminates the turbulence and entropy of contemporary society while barrowing liberally from the storytelling conventions of myth and popular culture,” says Shandler. "The translucent material is visually reminiscent of animation stills and stained glass, which reflects the essence of my work: My paintings pay homage to classical art, while exploring current events with a contemporary aesthetic."
Shandler first began painting on polyester film eleven years ago for her project Gesture, a three-thousand piece painting installation created for each person lost on 9/11. This work has been exhibited in the Bergdorf Goodman store windows and at the Honfleur Gallery in Washington DC. The Brooklyn based artist developed her theatre design practice on and off Broadway where she was one of the original craftspeople and sculptors for The Lion King on Broadway. Recent credits include Production Designer for Cinderella and the Prince Who Slays the Magic Dragon, a puppet/ballet/orchestra performance at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, which returned for its third performance cycle in spring 2012. She is currently a contributor to the artists-run think-tank Plasticos (http://www.plastikos2012.com) which explores the intersection of art and plastics.