GreenHill presents SHIFT HAPPENS a solo exhibition by Knightdale artist Heather Gordon. The exhibition comprises site-specific installations in tape and video, luminous abstract paintings, drawings, as well as participatory projects based on visitor response and collaboration.

Read the press release here.


Exhibition Opening | March 12 – June 26, 2021

This exhibition follows the artist’s tape installation on Davie Street “One Love Response” and will encompass public art initiatives both on and off site. Gordon’s practice investigates how rule-based processes and systems construct the experiences of aesthetics and of social movements and politics. After considering social distancing and aspects of our global and national situation, Gordon began working with the language phrases surrounding COVID-19 reporting. The titles of many of Gordon’s works are the basis for their design. Phrases like “no justice no peace”, “essential worker” and “happy talk” are translated by the artist into numbers and then origami shapes to make “maps” that in turn become paintings or tape installations.

Artist Open Studio Hours | March 4 – 6, 2021 | Hours 1-2pm

During “open studio” hours the artist will be available to answer questions and share her progress with the public. Register at to participate via Zoom in the construction of Gordon’s tape installation.

How Do You Feel? | Tape installations created May 12-18 and June 9-15, 2021

Members of the public are invited to respond to the simple question “How Do you Feel?” in 130 characters or less. Responses will be translated by Heather Gordon into folding pattern tape drawings she will install on 71 x 49 inch walls in the gallery during the exhibition. To submit your response go to

The Handshake Project | Ongoing March 12-June 26, 2021

The Handshake Project invites people to submit video clips of themselves engaged in a handshake. The resulting video will be a compilation of the community handshake responses.

A handshake is an agreement.
A handshake is both a greeting and a farewell.
A handshake is weapons-free.

What does a handshake mean to you?

For more information on the Handshake Project visit this page.


Happy Talk by Heather Gordon
Happy Talk, oil on canvas, 48″ x 72″
Essential Worker by Heather Gordon
Essential Worker, oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″
Bush League by Heather Gordon
Bush League, ink on graph paper, 24.5″ x 30″
It Is What It Is by Heather Gordon
It Is What It Is, ink on graph paper, 22″ x 30″