Listening to Berlin, Ethel Shipton’s latest exhibition at Ruiz-Healy Art, captures the sights and sounds of the German capital. Shipton, who was selected for Blue Star Contemporary’s three-month residency at Berlin’s Künstlerhaus Bethanien in 2018, draws inspiration from her journey in a series of prints, multimedia works and interactive sculptures.
A city rich in history and culture, Berlin has much to offer the traveling artist. There, Shipton became interested in the vast graffiti culture and street art for which Berlin has become famous.
“I started taking photos of the graffiti, and the graffiti led me to look at other parts of the city that I was interested in,” Shipton said in a statement.
Among the highlights of this exhibition is a sculptural piece where gallery visitors can sit and listen to the sounds of the city. Like much of Shipton’s work, “Listening to Berlin” focuses on bringing everyday objects into focus during moments of contemplation.
In an age filled with constant distractions, Shipton’s work gives viewers permission to truly engage with their surroundings.
Free, 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 18, on view 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through October 26, Ruiz-Healy Art, 201A E. Olmos Dr., (210) 804-2219, ruizhealyart. com.
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