Shannon Favia Uppercut! March 13th - April 3rd 2022
Chicago artist Shannon Favia presents her new body of work in Uppercut!, a solo exhibition running from March 13th - April 3rd, at Material. A former high school art teacher, Favia’s work has navigated pop, sports, workout culture, and the ethos of empowerment throughout her artistic practice. Favia uses the materials and approaches from these systems, often integrating social media. She regularly produces process videos which are music, art, and cultural assemblages shared on Tik Tok and Instagram. Shannon has participated in painting performances at Bulls’ Games, her work has appeared on the Chicago Bulls’ hats, Wilson Basketballs, hi-top sneakers and featured in the Chicago Cubs’ posters. A sports and health enthusiast; Favia picks up the instruments of these male dominated games and forwardly inserts her point of view: edgy enthusiastic. The strive to better oneself is not tongue and cheek, it is for real – for sure; but it comes with a punch. Favia be-jewels the soft protective gear of the boxing glove, hard-candy is also used to deliver the pop, and gold chains hold up the glove that prominently read EVERLAST. Favia’s work announces itself by mirroring all the complications of sports culture: the competitiveness, the gendered bias, and the dedication and endurance it takes to last.