• Alan Shields, Untitled, 1974, flocking on screen print on sand paper collage with screen print on sewn paper, 20 inches diameter

  • Alan Shields, Old Tooth Dish, 1974, screen print on tissue paper, 19 inches diameter

  • Alan Shields, Skin Disa, 1974, screen print on paper, 19 inches diameter

  • Alan Shields, Noah's Chastity, 1974, screen print paper collaged on flocking on screen print, 18 1/2 inches diameter

  • Alan Shields, Round Baller, 1974, screen print on paper, 20 inches diameter

  • Alan Shields, Rose Bowl, 1974, screen print on paper, 19 inches diameter

  • Alan Shields, Frute Dish, 1974, screen print on collaged paper, 20 inches diameter

  • Alan Shields, Reip Red River Rip or Honest to God Indian Soo, 1971-73, wood, acrylic, canvas, beads, 82 x 24 inches

  • Alan Shields, Untitled, 1987, screen print on collage sewn paper, 26 1/2 x 28 inches

  • Alan Shields, Untitled, n.d, paint on screen print on paper, 14 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches

  • Alan Shields, Fan Dance, 1977, screen print sewn on screen print on paper mated, 17 x 21 1/2 inches

  • Alan Shields, Flat Blue Frog, 1974, screen print on woven paper, 17 1/4 x 21 1/2 inches

  • Alan Shields, Liquid Plumber's Revenge, n.d., screen print on paper, 21 x 21 1/4 inches

  • Alan Shields, Scaba-Pro, 1974, screen print on paper, 13 x 13 inches

  • Alan Shields, Peace of the Rock, 1974, screen print on paper, 14 x 14 inches

  • Alan Shields, Two Four Too, 1978, screen print on sewn paper, 21 x 20 1/2 inches

  • Alan Shields, Jackie Laugh, 1974, screen print on water color on paper, 14 1/2 x 14 inches

  • Alan Shields, Tirtle Boil, 1974, flocking on screen print on paper, 18 x 23 inches

  • Alan Shields, Bull Horn, 1974, screen print on paper, 14 1/2 x 14 inches

  • Alan Shields, Sensual Sipping, n.d., screen print on paper, 10 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches

  • Alan Shields, Spruce, 1976, flocking on screen print on paper, 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

  • Alan Shields, Cretaceous, 1976, screen print on tissue paper, 14 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches

  • Alan Shields, Cocles, 1973, woven flocking on screen print paper, 14 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches

  • Alan Shields, Sea City, 1978, screen print on fabric, 25 1/2 x 25 inches

  • Alan Shields, The Incestuous Kid, 1973, portfolio containing 9 sewn, painted, collaged works on paper, 8 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 3/8 inches

  • Alan Shields, Tails of Brave Ulysses, 1972, book with handmade paper and 10 silk screen prints, 6 3/4 x 9 inches


PRESS RELEASE

Alan Shields (1944-2005) was a signal figure in American post-minimalism, combining diverse materials in innovative, unexpected ways, often referring to (and interrogating) the grid. Moving from rural Kansas to New York City in 1968, his free-hanging fabric works – hand sewn, vibrantly colored, and sometimes bejeweled – quickly gained the young artist notoriety, earning him a spot on Paula Cooper Gallery’s revered roster. In an expansive oeuvre that deftly merged surface into support, Shields dared to tease out associations between art and craft. His hippie-like use of dying and beading soft materials gently upended gender stereotypes that often accompany those categories, meanwhile he fashioned himself into a countercultural figure often decked out in his own work. In 1971, Shields began collaborating with artist and printmaking guru William Weege. Working at Weege’s Jones Road Print Shop & Stable in Barneveld, Wisconsin, Shields was vigorously experimental, stitching, dying, flocking, collaging, perforating, embossing, and weaving his prints, which were generally made in very small editions and sometimes utilized handmade pulp paper. The results of this fertile working friendship constitute a significant part of Shields’ life work. In Fan Dance, CvsD will exhibit a selection of Shields prints, primarily drawn from the early-to- mid 1970s, all of them executed together with Weege, many from a marathon session in 1974 that yielded twelve new editions. Writing of these specific works, fellow artist Howardena Pindell said: “Shields’ work reflects his involvement with the thrifty revitalization and ‘reinvention’ of materials, redefining their purposes, nulling their pre-established limitations...The act of work becomes a constant momentum, with prints as tangible indicators of new inventions in his visual vocabulary.” In addition to these exciting printworks, the exhibition will include two of Shields’ very rare artist books and a major sculptural work made of a cylinder of fabric that hangs from the ceiling.