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Shawn Teseo Ballarin

Shawn Teseo Ballarin

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Omaha , NE


My statement as an artist is more of a statement on how I think about printmaking. Above all, this new series of prints is a formal experiment grounded in pleasure and  aesthetics.  After two decades as a professional artist, this show is a return to pure printmaking via the musical compositional techniques that, for me, have always remained untainted by the critical discourses (i.e., “overthinking”) that (again, for me) often get in the way of printmaking. Layering prints – mixing and then remixing pieces together – allows for improvisation and surprise. (The same way Teo Macero’s production work allowed the sublimity of Miles Davis to emerge via jam sessions that were collated and curated into “albums” that could have never been imagined beforehand by the players.) Enjoyment in this compositional process – versus a predetermined “final product” – is key: Rejecting rigid formal structure, the pieces interact and come alive when combined in ways that I could never have anticipated. By inserting this additional layer of the unexpected into my prints, I attempt to embrace the aesthetic “mistakes” of printmaking that are just as important as the preordained accomplishments of technique. What I ultimately see and feel in these works is not what you should necessarily feel and see. But, as I make these pieces, the juxtaposed constellations of intended and accidental images and patterns are ultimately an exercise in the soothing quality of art: A reflection of the human tendency to find peace, or even beauty, both in the face of struggle, confusion, and pain and in our processes for living through them.


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Sailor's Alphabet

Print / Paper
Shawn Teseo Ballarin

circle painting

Shawn Teseo Ballarin

Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Shawn Teseo Ballarin
9/6/19 to 9/27/19
Multiple Mediums
Jim Aden
Liana Agnew
Joel Anderson
Mark Arnold
Michael Ashley
Posey Bacopoulos
Shawn Teseo Ballarin
Green Bee
Jessica Brandl
Wes Brown
Matt Bukrey
Larry Buller
Donna Burdic
Anne Burton
Elaine Buss
Jen Carlson
Neil Celani
Austin Coudriet
Drew Curtright
Lindsey Day
Amanda Durig
Adrienne Eliades
Paul Eshelman
Katelyn Farneth
Lynette Fast
Anna Gadek
PJ Hargraves
Mark Hargraves
Sarah Jentsch
Kyle Johns
G.V. Kelley
Josh Knutson
Mary Koziol
Brad Krieger
Louis LaBudda
Lynn Latta
Clay Leonard
Sam Loeffler
Carol Long
Anika Major
Susan McGilvrey
Tom Meyers
Catie Miller
Katie Nieland
Kyle Nobles
Samantha Oliver
Sarah Olsen
Cathy Patterson
Christy Puetz
Brittany Rea
Sarah Rowe
Sophia Ruppert
Erin Ryan
Agnes Seebass
Sarah Shoot
José Sierra
Sarah Smelser
Shannon Smith
Maria Spiess
Susan Stark-Johnson
Evan Stoler
Patty Talbert
Harry Tompkin
Tara Tonsor
April White
Tara Dawley
11/6/20 to 12/30/20
Multiple Mediums

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