Rock climbing, art intertwine
June 4, 2007
The Tahoe Art League will welcome a Brit, Shelley Hocknell, as its speaker for the June 13 meeting. Hocknell hails from Wales and is an enthusiastic rock climber and artist, who makes her passion her living and life. The meeting will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
Hocknell studied at Bristol University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in art and visual culture. During her first year (1995) at university she had her first solo exhibition, titled “The Leap of Faith.” It was hailed by the British magazine ‘Venue’ as “the early work of a significant artist.” Between 1995 and 2005 she participated in more than 30 exhibitions in the UK, including sites like the Museum of Modern Art in Wales, the Gascoigne Gallery in Yorkshire, the Coningsby Gallery in London and The Brewery Arts Centre, in Kendal – the latter for the International Mountaineering Film Festival in 2000.
Rock climbing has played a prominent part in her art career.
Hocknell said, “I found a natural correlation between climbing and art – in the obsessive, individualistic character, and a strong sense of the aesthetic of the actual climb (i.e. the integrity of the accent). The hardest routes are not always the most satisfying, just as a simple line-drawing can have more power than a detailed oil painting; at whatever standard you are climbing, when you climb well the feeling is the same – a wordless elation, you begin to ‘flow’ with the rock, and feel that mind and body are at one with your surroundings.”
Hocknell had her own successful art gallery from 2001 to 2005. Her work has been featured in several British TV arts programs including the BBC National News and HTV National News and she was the subject of an award-winning documentary, “High Art,” in 2005. This documentary, along with her works, can be viewed on her Web site http://www.shelleyhocknell.com.
Her unusually titled visa, “Alien of Extraordinary Ability,” enables her to live in the U.S. She has traveled, with her American boyfriend, the length and breadth of America, rock climbing and painting before coming to Tahoe. She said, “Moving through diverse landscapes, storms and blazing desert sun – then arriving at what feels like paradise to me, has inspired this (current) collection of work.” For the present, she wants to stay in Tahoe and has become a member of TAL. She recently showed at FBGalerie Noir and will have a show at Art for the Home, with the reception on June 21. The show will hang through July 5.
Tahoe Art League meetings take place from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Meetings are open to the public.
For more information on TAL, view the Web site at http://www.tahoeartleague.org or call (775) 588-8899 or (775) 588-3579.