Thursday, December 28, 2017

Zoë Shulman: The Allegory of Good and Bad Government

“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.

CAMIBAart Associate Director, Emerson Granillo

Rene Ibarra, Co-Founder & Director of CAMIBAart Tours

With Jeanne Van Ryzin of Sightlines Magazine

With Troy Campa, CAMIBAart Co-Founder & Director

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

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

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

The Art of Voting - Voter Registration Event and Fundraiser
Saturday, January 27th, 2018
Noon – 5 PM, artist in attendance

Gallery Co-Founder Troy Campa is a Volunteer Deputy Registrar in Travis County and will be registering Voters at the gallery between noon and 5pm.  If you live in Travis County and are not registered to vote here, bring your Texas Drivers License and we'll get you registered in time for the March 6th primaries.  During this event, we are also fundraising for two non-partisan organizations working to ensure that everyone has access and information to vote: League of Women Voters of the Austin Area and Texas Civil Rights Project.  

At 1:00 we will have a brief presentation about these organizations and the work they do, with both Cindi Weatherby, President of Austin League of Women Voters, and Beth Stevens, of Texas Civil Rights Project, in the gallery until 2:00 to talk about their organizations with you.  During this event, 10% of all gallery sales will be donated to your choice of these two organizations. The organizations will also be accepting direct donations.  Come learn more about these organizations, make a donation if you can, and hang out with us.  It's also a great time to see our current exhibit, "The Allegory of Good and Bad Government" by Zoë Shulman.  Of course, we'll have the artist in attendance to talk about her work.

Artist Discussion and Catalog Signing
– Click HERE for catalog preview! 
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
1:00pm – 3:00pm, artist in attendance

Limited edition exhibition catalogs are for sale for $20 via CAMIBAart Gallery.
Visit or go to the direct checkout link HERE.

Limited Edition Exhibit Catalog
This perfect bound softcover catalog is limited to an edition of 50.  Sized 9" x 6" with 54 page, each copy is signed by the artist.  Contents include: 

Photos of all artworks in the exhibition
Photos of the exhibit installed
Exhibit description
Artist statement
Artist biography
Artist CV
Essay by the artist about the exhibition and body of work.

Cost of $20.00 each includes any applicable taxes.
Catalogs can be picked up from the gallery in Austin Texas.  All deliveries require an additional packing & shipping charge.

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
5:00pm – 7:00pm, artist in attendance
– U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke speaking via live stream at 5:30pm! 

Beto O'Rourke is challenging Ted Cruz in 2018 for a Senate seat representing Texans. Come hang out, enjoy some art & drinks, register to vote, and learn about Beto's campaign!

Troy & Rene are proud to be supporting the Beto campaign. Come out to our main CAMIBAart Gallery location on the east side (at 2832 East MLK Jr. Blvd inside the Flatbed Building) from 5-7pm for a grassroots event to support Beto's senate run. If you aren't familiar with Beto, this is your chance to learn more about his stance on the issues. He'll be speaking via live stream at 5:30pm!

Beto has pledged not to take PAC money and is relying on the donations of individual, grassroots supporters. We are asking for a donation of $25 per person - but if you would like and can, a larger donation is certainly welcome. 

If you can't join us, regardless of where you live, you can make a donation here: 

You can also stock up on grassroots Beto merchandise:

Yard signs: $5
T-shirts: $15
Car magnets: $5

See you there!

U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke via live stream from Washington DC!

My second solo show, "The Allegory of Good and Bad Government", has completed its run at Camiba Art Gallery.  It was recently reviewed and named a top pick for Print Austin 2018 by Sightlines Magazine, as well as featured as a must-see exhibition in the February issue of Arts + Culture Texas Magazine.

A fantastic closing announcement from the Austin Chronicle

Thank you to everyone who came to support my work and CAMIBAart!  If you are interested in purchasing my work, please visit this link:

Or contact Camiba Art Gallery:

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

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