Quantum Shirley
Shirley Tse

Los Angeles–based artist Shirley Tse has long been concerning herself with the polysemous nature of things. In the past, Tse has used synthetic polymer (plastic) to address the concept of multiplicities and competing ideologies. In her new work, Tse utilizes “Quantum Shirley” as a generative conceptual framework that allows her to produce work on an on-going basis addressing the multi-dimensionality of experience, and the negotiation of realities.

“Quantum Shirley Series” forms connections across different fields, histories and narratives. It weaves together personal story, New Physics (quantum theory, parallel universe, multiple worlds theory), trade movement of colonial products, and the geographical displacement of Chinese in the last century (Chinese Diaspora.)
“Quantum Shirley Series” purports there is another Shirley in a parallel world, we just simply cannot observe that existence. Tse is intrigued by the “validation” of alternate reality, paradoxes and simultaneity offered by quantum physics.

“Quantum Shirley” at the Feldman Gallery will be the latest installment of the “Quantum Shirley Series.” Engaging the nature of the gallery as a “teaching gallery,” the Feldman Gallery will be used as a “quantum portal” by which Tse will interact with the students remotely for the first 2 weeks of the exhibition. The gallery will be the site of the “collapse of the wave function”- where a Shirley that is “not there but may be there soon” will collapse to the reality of a Shirley who will be presenting a “Quantum Shirley Lecture” along with selected sculptures made under the series.

Bio Narrative
Shirley Tse’s sculptures, installation and photographs has been included in numerous museum exhibitions worldwide, among them are The Biennale of Sydney, Bienal Ceara America, Brazil, Kaohshiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada, Museum of Modern Art, Bologna, Italy, San Francsico Museum of Modern Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, Kettle’s Yard, UK, and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand. Her work can be found in many public collections including the M+ Hong Kong, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Tse is represented by Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles. Her work has been included in numerous articles, catalogues and publications including Sculpture Today by Phaidon (2007). She received the City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship in 2008, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2009, and the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists in 2012. Currently the Co-Director of the Program in Art, she has been a member of the faculty at California Institute of the Arts since 2001.

Image: Foreground: “Quantum Shirley Series: Superposition” 2009, Background: ’Quantum Shirley Series: Double Comfort of a Soft-Filled Space" 2009

Unattributed Album

Critical Art Ensemble: Keep Hope Alive Block Party + Acceptable Losses

Day Job

Xylor Jane and B. Wurtz

Binary Lore

An Exhibition That Might Exist

Luc Tuymans: Graphic Works - Kristallnacht to Technicolor

Feldman Gallery: Untraceable

Feldman Gallery: The Searchers

Regina Silveira: Outgrown (Tracks and Shadows)

Artist Talk: Amy Bessone

Crisis Image Archives

Artist Talk: Xylor Jane and B. Wurtz

Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter

Quantum Shirley

Between my head and my hand, there is always the face of death.

PNCA Feldman Gallery: Behind the Star


“This Just In … Endless War”—Justseeds/Combat Paper Workshop

Jungjin Lee: Wind

An Appearance from Quantum Shirley





Abigail Anne Newbold: Living Through Making

Eva and Franco Mattes, (a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG)

Walkthrough: Learn to Read Art

Between my head and my hand, there is always the face of death.

Artist Talk: Mack McFarland and Marieke Verbiesen

Gathering Thoughts: A People’s Art History

Artist Reception: Xylor Jane and B. Wurtz

Happy Birthday: A Celebration of Chance and Listening

Curator Walkthrough: Kristan Kennedy

Gathering Resistance: Black Lives Matter - The Artists' Call

Thomas Zummer: a partial retrospective of works I should have done

The Shape of the Problem

Curator Walkthrough: It's All A Blur

Web of Trails

Telephone Game

Nina Katchadourian: Sorted Books

It's All A Blur

Day Job Curator Walk Through

Critical Art Ensemble: Acceptable Losses Opening Reception

Feelings and How to Destroy Them

Nina Katchadourian: Sorted Books

Conspiracy Theory: Robert Boyd 2009

Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter

Artist Talk | Bean Gilsdorf