Monsieurs Teste & Law Olmsted is an installation by Texas based artist Kathleen McShane. Working within the 12-module grid, McShane gathers invented forms, makeshift mobiles and drawings on scraps of paper. She mixes the drawn forms with collaged images of full bookshelves, which together read as grids, strata of time and knowledge that hover within a miasmic setting. Stacks of both sharp and soft-edged color pencil and fluid color ink groupings suggest both shifting structures and a hovering sense of a futuristic, non-place landscape.
A New York City transplant to Texas, McShane's work suggests a sense of both places: from the distinct sense of the living organism of New York, and the Texas counterbalance of open space. The title is derived from Central Park landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted writings on the lifelong impact of Texas space in his book Journey through Texas.
McShane received her MFA from Cranbrook. Her work has been shown at: the Drawing Center in NY; as an installation at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in CT; the Weatherspoon Museum; Gallery Joe in Philadelphia; Susanne Hilberry and Paul Kotula galleries in metropolitan Detroit. Residencies include MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony and Cites des Artes in Paris. Her work is included in many public and private collections including Wynn and Sally Kramarsky, Fidelity and James Rosenquist.