Thursday, December 28, 2017

Zoë Shulman: The Allegory of Good and Bad Government

Zoë Shulman: The Allegory of Good and Bad Government
Runs January 12th – February 10th, 2018

Opening Reception
Saturday, January 12th, 2018
6:00pm – 8:00pm, artist in attendance

Second Opening Reception 
– To coincide with the juried Contemporary Print exhibition at the Flatbed Press –
Saturday, January 20th, 2018
6:00pm – 8:00pm, artist in attendance

Artist Discussion and Catalog Signing
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
1:00pm – 3:00pm, artist in attendance

Exhibit and its events are held in conjunction with PrintAustin 2018
Other gallery events to be announced including Voter Registration events and fundraisers – watch the website and/or social media!

Camiba Art Gallery
(512) 937-5921

Open Hours:
Tuesday through Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: noon – 5pm

other times by appointment

For more information and updates on exhibition events, please visit

My second solo show, "The Allegory of Good and Bad Government", will debut at Camiba Art Gallery on January 12th!  

“The Allegory of Good and Bad Government” is a series of twenty digital painting and mixed media works printed on aluminum hexagons.  The prints are arranged as diptychs in which the virtues and vices of government, expressed as elaborate geometric symbols, contrast chiaroscuros within a candle-lit gallery space.  The exhibition’s large centerpiece juxtaposes good and bad government, while smaller meditations of the individual virtues and vices line the gallery walls.  Like a religious shrine, the diptychs offer a space for inner transformation, moral enlightenment, and salvation in the face of fascism.

The goal of this exhibition is to provide a vision of America’s democratic republic that is both morally introspective and politically active.  My process involves translating the fundamental allegoric structure of Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s medieval fresco, “Good and Bad Government”, into a system of geometric symbolism that conveys a moral American government.  Informed by cross-cultural symbols, biblical and religious themes, and the ancient philosophy of alchemy, this geometric symbolism resonates with humanity’s timeless aspirations and fears, prompting the viewer to compare idealisms between the work and their own political reality.

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