Shannon Bool Born in 1972 in Comox, Canada | Lives and works in Berlin


Shannon Bool

Shannon Bool

Shannon Boolexplores art history’s various systems of representation in drawings, collages, photograms, murals, and architectonic interventions and combines these to an intricate plexus of references between contentual components and applied techniques.

The exploration of the ornamental plays an important and reoccurring role in the work of the artist. Bool does not see ornamental elements as decoration or embellishment but rather as signifying a further level of understanding and perception. For her, they are transparent visual systems that mark the processes of perception and work. For example, carpet patterns from various sources, such as the paintings of van Eyck or photographs of the interior of pubs, served as her models for a group of carpets. She transferred them with the perspective distortion in the original to a carpet pattern and had the carpets woven in Turkey.

In addition, Bool is intensely interested in the potentials of photograms. She has found an artistic technique for them that allows her to transfer a variety of source materials to one image level.  Through the use of new materials like transparent film, on which she draws or copies photo materials, Bool has further developed the technique of photograms in an interesting way. Through the three-dimensional arrangement of transparent materials, such as in the workDoris(2005), Bool has attained an additional three-dimensional effect. With this, Shannon Bool has achieved an intriguing new definition of space and the possibilities of depicting it with classic artistic mediums and techniques.


Bis 1998 English Literature, Bachelor
1998–2001 Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver
2001 Cooper Union, New York
2001–2004 Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main

Awards (selection)

2008 School of Art - RMIT University, Artist in Residency, Melbourne
2007 Kunstfonds Bonn
2005 Absolventenpreis Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2012 Kadel Willborn, Karlsruhe, DE
Daniel Faria Gallery,Toronto, CDN
2011 The Inverted Harem II, Bonner Kunstverein (in Kooperation mit der GAK Bremen)
2010 GAK - Gesellschaft fĂĽr Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, DE
CRAC / Musée d´Art Moderne d´ Alsace, Altkirch, FR
2008 RMIT Project Space, Melbourne, AU
2004 Galerie Iris Kadel, Karlsruhe, DE
2003 Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, DE

Group exhibitions (selection)

2011 iRonic. Die feinsinnige Ironie der Kunst, Kunstpalais Erlangen, DE
2010 New Frankfurt Internationals, Museum fĂĽr Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, DE
2009 7 x 14, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, DE
2008 Zidanes Melancholie, Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, DE
Drawing on Sculpture: Graphic Interventions on the Photographic Surface, Henry Moore Institute,
Leeds, GB
2006 Spiralen der Erinnerung, Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg, DE
Cooling out - on the paradox of feminism, Lewis Glucksman Gallery,
University College Cork, IE; Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, CH
Make Your Move, Projects Arts Centre, Dublin, IRL
2005 Sammlung Deutsche Bank, Jubiläumsausstellung, Deutsche Guggenheim,
Berlin, DE
2004 The Future Has a Silver Lining, Geneologies of Glamour, Migros Museum, ZĂĽrich, CH