Stan Shellabarger

Stan Shellabarger gives the Art Center’s north entrance a prickly makeover by creating a two-story installation comprised entirely of pine needles. This visceral installation will continue the artist’s exploration in humanizing our surroundings by enhancing the architecture with anthropomorphic features.

Made entirely with Wisconsin red pine needles mounted on the wall, the floor-to-ceiling installation transforms the rigid surface into a soft hair-like plane. Joints, crevices and doorways are the elbows, armpits and orifices of architecture in the eyes of artist Stan Shellabarger. His installation aims to make the public see it the same way. Made entirely with Wisconsin red pine needles mounted on the wall, the floor-to-ceiling installation transforms the rigid surface into a soft hair-like plane. The needles are chosen for their length, strength and pliability as well as their ephemeral nature that closely mimics the coarse, yet fragile, quality of human hair.

  • November 23, 2008 – April 12, 2009
  • Foyer Project Space, 1st & 2nd Floors

Stan Shellabarger

About Stan Shellabarger

In his solo career, Stan Shellabarger is best known for his performance work, which reflects on the universal actions of man, such as breathing and movement repeated to test the limits of his endurance. As part of a duo with partner Dutes Miller, Shellabarger has performed/exhibited at the VOLTA show in Basel, Switzerland; the Cultural Center, Chicago; Cleveland Performance Art Festival; and at the Hyde Park Art Center, among many other venues. Miller & Shellabarger are the recipients of the 2007 Louis Comfort Tiffany award for excellence in Contemporary Art. Shellabarger received an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996 and a B.F.A. from Illinois State University in Normal in 1991. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois and is represented by Western Exhibitions, Chicago.