February 26, 2009 - March 28, 2009
New Works of Claire Sherman at Gallery Hof & Huyser - Amsterdam
The work of Claire Sherman offers a dynamic approach of romanticism and its traditions.
Sherman's paintings are rich and seductive, providing all the painterly expression that one looks for in a 'meaningful' landscape picture. However, Sherman's work is far from naïve or expressionist, it at once fills the canvas with vibrant colour and gestural abandon, whilst providing the unnerving plasticised emptiness of a contemporary master such as Alex Katz. Indeed, Sherman's sophistication with paint is such that she surfs the boundaries of genres and, as the artist comments, "what remains is a play between fullness and emptiness, abstraction and representation, the synthetic and natural."
With her drawings and paintings Sherman gives the viewer as rich a surface as possible, the quality being one of cinematic spectacle, using dramatic lighting and oblique angles to create a sense of suspense. She focuses on little (almost insignificant) natural details, which se blows up. A particular colour comes to dominate, a vertical mark of a blade of grass becomes a retinal slash. Sherman creates at times a simple poetry of landscape and form.
The young artist (1981) lives and workes in Chicago, USA. Having enjoyed immediate success following her 2005 MFA degree show, Sherman has already exhibited widely with her Chicago gallery Kavi Gupta, and her work is in important collections across America including the Margulies Collection, Miami. After her debute at the Volta Show, she received tons of press attention from the NY Times, Time Out, Flash Art, The Times London and the Chicago Tribune. Among others Sherman is Assistant Professor of Art at Knox College, Illinois.
Works of Sherman will be shown till March 28, 2009 at Gallery Hof & Huyser in Amsterdam.
Opening: February 27, 2009 the artist will be present