Lillian Shanahan in The Ramp Gallery, November 8–December 3, 2016

Lillian Shanahan is inspired by the current meme craze. She adds a few simple words to an image or manipulates an image to turn it into her own version of this phenomenon. It’s lowbrow art, within a high-art meme. She sometimes uses unconventional materials like Perler beads; with the toys of her childhood she expresses the attitudes of her adulthood, revealing her juvenile tendencies. She is re-learning how to be playful and subsequently reminding us to as well.

Listen to the artist talk about their work in their own words:

Meet the Artist
Lillian Shanahan will be at SOMArts on December 1st , 6–9pm. Visit The Ramp Gallery for a chance to meet the artist, talk about their work and inspiration, have a drink and enjoy their awesome artwork! While you’re here, stop by the opening reception of our Main Gallery exhibition, Touch On: Aesthetics in the Art, Politics and Ontology of TouchA cash bar will be available all evening.

About Lillian Shanahan
Lillian Shanahan is a San Francisco native with a B.A. in painting from University of California Santa Barbara; College of Creative Studies. She currently works and lives in the Bay Area.

About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. Submission Guidelines can be found here. To purchase work on display or for more information email gallery@somarts.org. You can visit The Ramp gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.

Image credit: Lillian Shanahan, Putting My Face On, 2014.