Kelowna-born, Brooklyn-based artist (and Ballroom alum) Erin Shirreff has a new touring solo exhibition, Available Light, which will travel across Canada through 2012 and 2013. Curated by Sandra Dyck and Jan Allen, the show will open at the Carleton University Art Gallery next Monday, February 13, and Shirreff will give a short talk about her work at 6:30 p.m. Carleton University Art Gallery has a great piece about the show (bolding my own):
Shirreff’s delicate, shape-shifting abstract sculptures of compressed ash are informed by her interest in our encounters (whether in person or through photographs) with the enigmatic and often unyielding forms of classic mid-20th-century minimalist sculptures. Her silent videos of iconic objects like the 30 Rockefeller Plaza building in New York, or the moon, or the monumental Roden Crater in the Arizona desert, are based on photographs sourced on the Internet and in books, reshot serially and used to generate not-so-seamless montages that subtly reveal their constructed nature while drawing attention to the ways images mediate our understanding of the world. The handmade clay forms that are the subject of her spare “documentary” photographs do not call to mind particular objects, creating a space, as she has said, “for wondering and the potential and pleasures of ambiguity.”
Shirreff is also in a group show, Recto/Verso, currently at The Approach in London. The exhibition includes work by Michele Abeles, Robert Heinecken, Alexandra Leykauf, and Lisa Oppenheim, amongst others, and examines how the six artists engage with photographic image making and the ambiguous perceptual relationships between object and representation. Londoners: You have till March 11 to make it happen!