Dani & Sheila Restack
Medium: Acetate, video still on synthetic fleece blanket, feathers, rubberbands, felt, beaver fur, paint, foam
Size: 42″ x 43″
Dani Leventhal was born in Columbus, Ohio and is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Ohio State University. In 2003 she received an MFA in studio arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and in 2009 she received an MFA in film/video from Bard College.
“Leventhal collects and chisels moments, stories, and images, placing them within loose constellations rarely unmarked by the specter of death. Her cutting is intuitive, not systematic. Micronarratives of birth, aging, awkwardness, and pain gradually take shape without ever fully congealing, as Leventhal allows her images to breathe even as she transforms their tenor through assemblage. The textures of the everyday are refracted through an intimate sensibility that dwells in the vulnerability of our fleshy bodies, our need for care and communion-and our cruelty”. -Erica Balsom for the 2017 Whitney Biennial catalogue.
Sheilah Wilson was born and raised in Caribou River, Nova Scotia and is currently Associate Professor Photography at Denison University. She has BFA from NSCAD University and MFA from Goldmiths College. Most recently she has been working on projects analyzing the traces between history, story and the land. She uses photography, video, and text as performative and documentary tools to pick through the seams of narrative and image.
“Conflating the miraculous with notions of chance and arbitrariness, Sheilah Wilson’s work alludes to religious motifs from a perspective of a sincere and heartbroken skeptic. It often centers around the empty center, an impossibility that she bravely faces while connecting history, land and personal experience into fluid and surprising actions within her artistic practice.” from Interview with Leeza Meksin for Temporary Contemporary, December 2012.
Dani and Sheilah are committed to hypotheses that live firmly in the world of recognizable forms, but yield the unknown through collisions of image materials combine with the implicit narratives of photos to create possibilities of interaction and contingent sense.
Dani & Sheilah’s piece “Pushdown” will be featured in Art for Life on September 15. See more of their work at sheilahrestack.com and danirestack.com.