Shadyville - Eleanor Aldrich & Heather Hartman


Studio mates Heather Hartman and Eleanor Aldrich will be on display at Channel To Channel during the months of September and October with their show “Shadyville”. Shadyville is a place where atmosphere, light, and shadow obscure the landscape, and faces are always hidden. It is a place of waiting, of gathering, and of things concealed. Though the work ofKnoxville-based studio mates Eleanor Aldrich and Heather Hartman is, on the surface, very different, both share a sense of mystery and an interest in material transformation. Aldrich builds up thick oil paint in which quick cross-contour marks work against traditional assumptions of the medium. Hartman, on the other hand, creates soft luminous surfaces with minimal evidence of mark making. The figures in Aldrich’s work form unclear relationships with the viewer, as their backs are turned, and faces are obscured. The subjects seem unaware of the viewer’s presence, flipping the traditional figurative relationship where the viewer is confronted by the conscious presence of the subject. The woven chair backs also allude to the grid; lending the paintings a more formal sensibility. 

Hartman’s work similarly addresses a sense of ambiguity and formal decision-making. The viewer is confronted with common distortions of light, shadow, and atmosphere making the familiar abstracted and unfamiliar. Thus - for a fleeting moment - the mundane is transformed into the sublime. In Hartman’s paintings, the arrangement of these elements alludes to an ever-shifting landscape; a place where things slip in and out of focus and viewers cannot always locate themselves. The sense of shifting space and meaning in the work of these two artists, is particularly relevant in an age where our relationship to the physical is increasingly tenuous. Welcome to Shadyville.


Aldrich was born in Springerville, Arizona. a participant at the Skowhegan School of painting and Sculpture in Maine, she also holds an MFA in painting & Drawing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she currently lives. She earned her BFA in painting & Drawing through the cademie Minerva (Groningen, the Netherlands) and Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff . She was a participant in the Drawing Center’s first open Sessions. Aldrich has had solo shows in Boston, Nashville, Knoxville, Flagstaff, AZ, and at the University of Alabama. Her work has been shown at Saltworks gallery (Atlanta, GA), the Drawing Center (New York, NY), grin (Providence, RI), and Ortega Y Gasset (New York, Ny). Her work was chosen for 1708 gallery’s ‘FEED 2013’ (Richmond, VA). She has been awarded an Endowment for the arts through the Whiteman Foundation, and the herman E. Spivey Fellowship.Hher work has been included in New American Paintings and on

Hartman was born in Los Angeles, California. In December of 1989 her family moved to Tennessee, and Hartman was deeply impacted by the atmosphere, weather, and constantly changing skies in her new home. She attended Auburn University and received her Bachelors of Fine Art in 2005. She earned a Master of Fine Art with a concentration in Painting and Drawing at the University of Tennessee in 2009. Her work has been featured in various solo and group shows throughout the country. Recently she was selected for inclusion in New American Paintings Juried Exhibition in Print, South, Issue 124. Hartman’s work was included in the 28th Annual McNeese Works on Paper National Exhibition, where she received a Juror’s Mention Award. She was featured in the 365 artist/ 365 days project in 2014. Her work has been written about by Dr. Jerry Cullum of Art Papers, and is in Fidelity Corporate Art Collection, the collection of 21c Museum Hotels and the collection of Auburn University. Hartman lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee where she is a member of the Vacuum Shop Studios Artist Collaborative. Hartman is an Adjunct Instructor of Art at Carson-Newman University and Walters State Community College.


Opening: September 2 6-9pm | Runs through October 26