Shannon Collis: Overtones opens Fri, Sept 13 @ Open Studio

Image: Shannon Collis, Frequencies, 14 lithographs, 14" x 14” each, 2012.

For Immediate Release

Shannon Collis: Overtones
September 13 – October 12, 2013
Artist Talk: Friday, September 13, 6:00-7:00 pm
Opening Reception: Friday, September 13, 7:00-9:00 pm
Artist will be present at opening.

Toronto, ON – September 6, 2013 – Open Studio is pleased to present Overtones, an exhibition by Baltimore, MD-based artist, Shannon Collis from September 13 – October 12, 2013. The exhibition is accompanied by a text by Toronto, ON-based sound artist, Darren Copeland.

Overtones features a series of ongoing experiments that explore the relationship between sound and visual form. Collis investigates the sonic behaviors of different material surfaces when agitated by a variety of kinetic, mechanical devices. The project consists of simple systems that explore the expressive character of audible visual phenomena and the relationship between the drawing substrate, the printed mark, and sound. The work expands on methods from a traditional printmaking practice by highlighting the acoustic traces of material process. Small mechanical drawing devices act as tools to etch the surface of metal plates and other substrates. The resulting images reveal both the dense layering and subtle patterns of movement. These images are shown together alongside their related acoustic-mechanical devices. Both elements evolve through a series of stages, a process of translation and exchange between artist and technologies. Collis has developed interesting ways to interact with sound on a physical level, to make audible the visual qualities of mechanical and hand-generated marks. She hopes to maintain the expressive and intuitive nature of the print/drawing process, including the descriptive aspect of different drawing methods and the spontaneity of mark making. This can be reflected in the rich layering and complexity of marks.

Shannon Collis is a Canadian artist residing in Baltimore, MD. A graduate of the MFA program at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Collis is also completing research at Concordia University in Montreal in the area of Digital Media and Computation Arts. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Maryland, where she teaches Digital Foundations and Print Media. Her studio practice focuses on creating installations and interactive environments that explore various ways in which digital technologies can transform our perception of audio and visual stimuli. Her work has been exhibited across North America and in Europe, Asia and Australia. For high-resolution images or interviews, please email jennifer. To download a copy of the essay, including full artist and author biographies, visit

Showing Concurrently
George Gilmour Members’ Gallery – Kaleen Stasiak: carry on/carrion
Print Sales Gallery – George Walker: The Image of Conrad Moffat Black, Baron of Crossharbour
Varied Editions – Open Studio Members’ Online Gallery: Zavi Lerman


Open Studio gratefully acknowledges the support of The City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Open Studio also acknowledges the generous support of its members and numerous foundations, corporations and individuals.

Open Studio
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 5 pm

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