Shannon Ebner lives and works in Los Angeles, USA. Informed by various modes of reading, writing and poetics, Ebner’s work derives from a combination of sources including poetry, experimental writing and found language.

Building letters and phrases from vernacular materials such as cardboard, concrete blocks, electronic message boards and found typography, Ebner highlights how language communicates as a material form. Ebner works in photography, sculpture, video and artist publications. Her projects are often realised through installation.

Shannon Ebner developed a photographic work for Bluecoat, with a related sound piece in the gallery’s courtyard. Tailored to its environment, this commission connects to Ebner’s series STRAY (2017), which comprises photographs and readings by the American poets Susan Howe and Nathaniel Mackey. The new work further explored Ebner’s forays into expanded forms of image-making, drawing viewers’ attention to the sonic, phonic and tonal medium of sound in relation to the various graphic tones of photography.

Exhibitions include V-A-C Foundation, Venice, Italy (2017); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA (2016); Künstlerhaus Graz, Austria (2016); ICA, Miami, USA (2015); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2014); Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia (2012); and MoMA, New York, USA (2012).

Shannon Ebner at Liverpool Biennial 2018

Archival pigment prints mounted on aluminium with black paint
Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial. Exhibited at Bluecoat.

‘STRAY’, 2017
Archival pigment prints mounted on aluminium
Two audio tracks, 00:15 min and 3:36 min. Exhibited at Bluecoat.

Archival pigment print mounted on aluminium. Exhibited at Bluecoat.