Bio

Shannon Plumb's cinematic studies of life's various roles and characters explore the complexities embedded in the ordinary and extraordinary. From the humble persona of a new mother to iconic figures from the silver screen, Plumb portrays these characters with zest and humor. Inspired by the curious spirit of slapstick comedy and the physical humor of silent film legends such as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, Plumb employs a low-fi aesthetic by using Super-8 film, stationary camera shots, long takes and hand-made props and costumes. Plumb is a one-woman show starring as all characters and acting as the creative force behind her films. The low quality production of the films and her elastic expressiveness as an actress adds to the charm of her work and pushes it beyond its obvious predecessors and influences.

 

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1970 

 

Born in Schenectady, New York 

Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

      

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

 

2015

 

“What A Character”, Curated by Kathleen Goncharov, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida.

 

2014

 

Towheads, Moma presents… Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY.

Film Sketches, curated by Stephan Stoyaov, Academia Gallery of the National Art Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria

Film Sketches, Yuzina art center, Sofia, Bulgaria

Compilation of films, Artist Production Fund and The Standard Hollywood, Hollywood, CA.

 

2013

 

Towheads, NY Times Online Film Festival, NY, NY

 

2011

 

The Window Series, Smart Spaces, NY, NY

 The Window Series, Smack Mellon. Brooklyn, NY

 The Window Series, Standard Hotel, Downtown LA, CA

 The Window Series, Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY

      

2010

 

Compilaton of Films, IFC Center, New York, NY

      

2009

 

Paper Collection, Art Association, Jackson Hole, WY

The Park, Madison Square Park, New York, NY

      

2008

 

The Corner, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY

 Together, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY

  The Lift Series: Between Coming and going, The Kitchen, New York, NY

      

2007

 

Paper Collection, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY

      

2006

 

20.21 Galerie Edition, Kunsthandel, Essen, Germany

City Gallery of Schwaz, Curated by Karin Pernegger, Tyrol, Austria

      

2005

 

 Shannon Plumb: Behind the Curtain, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

The Black Box, selected by Anne Ellegood and Shamim Momin, ARCO, Madrid, Spain

      

2004

 

Black and White , Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY

 Colette, Paris France

 Chasing Its Tale a collaboration with Mario Sorrenti, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY

      

2002-3

 

How To, Video Wall, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY

      

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2011

 

Incongruous. When Art Makes You Laugh Musee de Beaux Art, Lausanne, Switzerland (2011-2012)

Free Play KANSAS, New York, NY

Museum Night Musee de Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

      

2010

 

Video Art: Replay, Part 3. Ludicrous. ICA, Philadelphia, PA

Hard to Sell, Good to Have. Vienna, Austria

The Man I Wish I Was, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

      

2009

 

Performa '09, New York, NY

Reflections on the Electric Mirror: New Feminist Video, Curated by Lauren Ross, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

Alternating Beats, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820 - 2009, The National Academy Museum, New York, NY  

      

2008

 

We Interrupt Your Program, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA

Back to the Garden: Daily Life to Spiritual Vision, Crossing Art, Flushing, NY

      

2007

 

50,000 Beds, A Project by Chris Doyle, The Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield; Artspace, New Haven; and Real Art Ways, Hartfod, CT.

Body Double, Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, CA

Je suis une bombe, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany

T'what?, The Louisvile Photography Biennial, NuLu Gallery, Louisville, KT

Art Under Glass, Macy's, New York NY

      

2006

 

Human Game: Winners and Losers , Curated by Francesco Bonami, Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi, Fondazione Pitti Discovery, Florence, Italy (catalogue)

Consumption Junction, Curated by James Voorhies, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Smart Ass , Curated by Kelsey Nicholson, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

Welcome Home , Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY

      

2005

 

 i-Dentity , Fashion and Testile Museum, London, UK; Paris France; Tokyo, Japan; New York, NY; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Hong Kong, China; Beijing, China

Torino Triennale, Curated by Francesco Bonami and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Torino, Italy 

Artkarlsruhe, video program Curated by Anita Beckers, Karlsruhe, Germany 

e-flux video rental , Kunste-Werke, Berlin, Germany

Greater New York 2005 , PS1, Long Island City, New York

Characters, Scene 2 , Curated by Helianthe Bourdeaux-Maurin, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT 

Characters, Scene 1 , Curated by Helianthe Bourdeaux-Maurin, Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, NJ

Between You and Me , Curated by Anthony Huberman, Art House, Austin, TX

      

2004

 

e-flux video rental , e-flux, New York, New York

Aldrich at the Movies , Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

Between You and Me , Curated by Anthoney York Huberman, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY

Multiplex , Smack Mellon Studios, Brooklyn, NY

      

2003

One-on-One

Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY 

 

Rendered

Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY

      

2002-4

 

 Videodrome II 

New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum Santa Barbara, CA; Weatherspoon Art Gallery Greenborough, NC; Bates College Museum of Art; Lewiston, ME 

      

2002

 

Time-Share

Sara Meltzer Gallery

      

SELECTED SCREENINGS

 

2013

 

Towheads, IFFR, Independent Film Festival Rotterdam

Towheads,  New Films/New Directors at Moma and Lincoln Center.

 

2008

 

If Looks Could Kill, Fashion in Film Festival, Tate Britain, London, UK

      

2007

 

Forum Expanded, Berlin Film Festival, Berlin Germany

Ocularis at 10, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Sweet Sixteen, Curated by Marie Losier, Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands

We Are Making Art Too: Renactments, BFI National Film Theatre, London, United Kingdom

      

      

2006

 

Olympics & other short works, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

Olympics, 50th London Film Festival, London, United Kingdom

Olympics, New York Video Festival, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Olympics, 59 Festival Internazionale del Film, Locarno, Switzerland

Performance Anxiety, Curated by Maria-Christina Villasenor, The Artists Cinema, Freize Art Fair, London, United Kingdom

Sagamore Video Program, Curated by Kimberly Marrero and Louky Keijsers, Sagamore Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

      

2005

 

Salem Art Works, Salem, NY

Black and White, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

      

2004

 

Lyon Film Festival, France

Lake Placid Film Festival, Lake Placid, NY

     Before Z

Rhode Island Film Festival, Rhode Island

     Elevator Series

New York Video Fest, New York, NY

     Before Z

Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

     Mass Art, Boston, MA

      

2003

 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

 Anchorage Film Festival, AK

 Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

 Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

 The New York Video Festival

Curated by Graham Leggat

Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York, NY

     Dialogue

Curated by Louky Keijers 

Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, NY

New York City Urban Experience

     New York, NY

     Ocularis 

Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY

 

2002

 

Looking is Better Than Feeling You

Curated by Astria Suparak

LadyFest Bay Area Film and Video San Francisco, CA: Washington DC, Texas

New York City Urban Experience

Combustive Arts, Brooklyn, NY

     Ocularis

Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY 

     Scope Art Fair 

Gershwin Hotel, New York, NY

     Super Lounge 

Gale Gates et. Al., Brooklyn, NY

     Axis Company, New York, NY

     Commercials 

Anthology of Film Archives NY, NY

Creative Review 

Whiteley’s, London, UK

      

2001

 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Gates et. Al., Brooklyn, NY

Dumbo Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY

Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY

Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

Williamsburg Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY

     Occult of Personality 

Ocularis at Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY

     Underground Film Festival, New York, NY

      

2000

 

Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY

The Pros Part 2 

Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

 Dumbo Arts Festival, New New York 

Texas Fine Arts Association at the Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, Texas

The Performing Garage, New York, NY

Gale Gates et. Al, Brooklyn, NY

Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

      

1999

 

Void, New York, NY

Zurich Art Fair, presented by Serge Ziegler Gallery, Switzerland

Museum of Contemporary Art, Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

Simon Says Downtown Arts Festival, New York, NY

Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

Cinema Classics, New York, NY

      

BIBLIOGRAPHY 

 

2007

 

Baker, R.C. "Best in Show." The Village Voice, 15 February.

Cochrane, Lauren. "Give more, expect less." I-D, March 2007.

Bartley, Christopher. "Shannon Plumb". V-Magazine.com, 13 February.

Myers, Holly. " ' Body Double': Through a lens starkly". LA Times, 12 September.

Nathan, Lillien. "Anna Sui Opens Macy's Art Exhibiit". New York Magazine, 11 July.

      

2006

 

Bonami, Francesco, Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi. Human Game: Winners and Losers . Charta-Fondazione Pitti Discovery.

Essoe, Jordan. "'Smart Ass' at Southern Exposure." Artweek , June.

Nataraj, Nirmala. "What a Concept." SF Weekly , 8 March.

      

2005

 

Zita, Carmen. "Artist Shannon Plumb turns the camera on herself for inspiration," Trace , no. 55.

Zita, Carmen. "Art," Exit , Spring/Summer.

      

2004

 

Smith, Roberta. "Shannon Plumb", The New York Times , 8 October.

Leggat, Graham. "Plumbshow," Filmmaker , Summer: 10.

Goodyear, Sarah. "P is for Perfect," Time Out New York Kids , Summer.

"Behind the Scenes," Vogue Nippon , May.

Kervin, Jessica. "Double Time," Women's Wear Daily , 8 January.

      

2003

 

Halter, Ed. "The Year in Experimental Film and Video," Village Voice , 23 December.

Scott, A.O. "Video Artists Escape Hollywood Sensibility," The New York Times , 23 July.

Halter, Ed. "I'll be Your Mirror," The Village Voice , 23 July.

Johnston, Andrew. "They've Got Game," Time Out New York, 17 July.

Plumb, Shannon. "A Shadow Fitting," i-D , May: 84-5.

      

2002

 

Plumb, Shannon. "Sound Shannon Plumb," Creative Review , April.

      

2001

 

Boardman, Mickey. "Silent Screamer," Paper , October, page 46.

Hooper, Mark. "Private Screening, i-D , June.

Magania, Alessandro, "Short and Sweet, V Magazine , Spring.

Ewing, John. "New New York," New Art Examiner , February.