Week 9 – Artist Conversation – Maccabee Shelley

For my artist conversation this week, I had the pleasure of meeting and viewing Maccabee Shelley’s art gallery in the Gatov-West gallery. Maccabee is not only a great artist, but he is also a very interesting and great person. Maccabee stopped by one of my Visual Art 110 classes a couple of days prior to this gallery. In our classroom, Maccabee displayed such fantastic communication skills that our professor suggested that he be a public speaker. Regardless of the fact that he he is a great speaker, the meaning underlying what Maccabee was talking about was the best part.

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Maccabee is originally from the Los Angeles area, but has lived in San Diego, as well as Humboldt State University. He received his degree in Studio Art and minored in Art History. Early on, he was interested in science and reading, but began to take art seriously around five years ago. A little later in life, Maccabee began taking seriously the art of ceramics. This gallery at CSULB was his third gallery at our school. The reason behind Maccabee’s great art is the fact that he is very open minded while collecting pieces and creating.

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When it comes tot he actual process of creating his artworks, Maccabee bears a very open mind and positive attitude. Firstly, Maccabee is very unique in the sense that he uses various random items that other artists would simply not even consider using. Some of those items include: suitcases, books, stereos, street caution posts, etc. As for how these objects are put together and included as art pieces, they are molded together by glass or plastic.

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Overall, Maccabee is a very unique artist that uses materials which individuals would not even consider. This particular gallery by Maccabee is titled ‘Fragile Future’ and makes sense due to his heavy usage of glass. Maccabee has traveled abroad for three months and is working on learning new languages. Not only does Maccabee provide very interesting and helpful philosophies on life, but his artwork is also amazing and unique. I highly recommend that you follow and checkout more of Maccabee’s work at http://www.Maccabeeshelley.com

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