Crossing Boundaries, a mid-career survey of the work of artist Randy Shull, is on display at the Bellevue Arts Museum Jan. 11, 2009. The exhibition is comprised of approximately 30 pieces.
Shull’s style is characterized by poly-chromed surfaces coupled with the use of traditional tools, woodworking techniques and modest materials such as rugged wood, plywood and paint. Critics say Shull’s work, like the materials he uses, crosses boundaries, confronting many issues stimulated by the blurring of craft, art and design, such as the relation of meaning to material, pure function to content and personal expression.
Shull, whose father was a carpenter and mother an expert gardener, was exposed to construction and design from an early age. Out of these roots, Shull expanded his artistic reach from furniture-making to painting, and from there to interior architecture and landscape design.
After witnessing the devastating affects of Hurricane Hugo in 1989, Shull was captivated by nature’s strength and began using salvaged, ravaged wood and other modest materials for his sculptural pieces to express an emotional and tangible merging of art and nature.